Something Rotten! presented by Musical Theatre West

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“WELCOME TO THE RENAISSANCE”
It’s the 1590s in London, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but they are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting, at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals — those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us and remind us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!

From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes a no-holds-“Bard” deliciously loopy celebration of the greatest English playwright and the greatest American art form. Music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award® nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe and Tony Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and book by Tony Award® nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell.

Named "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years" (Time Out New York), Musical Theatre West's production is a West Coast regional premiere, performed with a full orchestra at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. For tickets, go to musical.org, call (562) 856-1999 or visit the MTW’s Ticket Office. Tickets start at $20.

Reviews

Lots of dance, lots of dance with set pieces moving while actors dance on them and lots and lots of perfectly timed scenic shifts. It is a whirlwind of buffoonery and brilliance.

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


Director Josh Grisetti, who also performed Nigel in the New York production, leads the cast in a brisk, well executed play. Giving a nod to the Globe Theater, working from the stage and stage apron, the scenic changes can be as fluid as necessary as the actors traverse the locations.

Led by the multi-talented Music Director Dennis Castellano, numbers like "Welcome to the Renaissance" give the show its Broadway sizzle. Choreographer Eric Sciotto also puts his cast through some engaging numbers, including "It's Eggs" with some fine visuals.

Costumes by Robin I. McGee are colorful, and scenery/lighting (Paul Black) and sound (Terry Dycus) easily fill the bill. Wigs are nicely done by Michon Gruber-Gonzales.

This show makes a great addition to MTW's season. It's big, it's fun, and it has enough wit to engage and dazzle to delight. Judging by the audience's reception, it should be a winner for the company.

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


If you love Shakespeare– and especially if you don’t– MTW’s production of Something Rotten! will charm you with its campy but smart take on the playwright and delightfully over-the-top music and song.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review


There’s no more entertaining big-stage musical in town than Musical Theatre West’s regional premiere of Best Musical Tony nominee Something Rotten!, a musical theater buff’s dream come true and just as much fun for those who couldn’t put a last name to Chita, Patti, or Bernadette if their lives depended on it.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


Lots of dance, lots of dance with set pieces moving while actors dance on them and lots and lots of perfectly timed scenic shifts. It is a whirlwind of buffoonery and brilliance.

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


Director Josh Grisetti, who also performed Nigel in the New York production, leads the cast in a brisk, well executed play. Giving a nod to the Globe Theater, working from the stage and stage apron, the scenic changes can be as fluid as necessary as the actors traverse the locations.

Led by the multi-talented Music Director Dennis Castellano, numbers like "Welcome to the Renaissance" give the show its Broadway sizzle. Choreographer Eric Sciotto also puts his cast through some engaging numbers, including "It's Eggs" with some fine visuals.

Costumes by Robin I. McGee are colorful, and scenery/lighting (Paul Black) and sound (Terry Dycus) easily fill the bill. Wigs are nicely done by Michon Gruber-Gonzales.

This show makes a great addition to MTW's season. It's big, it's fun, and it has enough wit to engage and dazzle to delight. Judging by the audience's reception, it should be a winner for the company.

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - ShowMag - ...read full review


If you love Shakespeare– and especially if you don’t– MTW’s production of Something Rotten! will charm you with its campy but smart take on the playwright and delightfully over-the-top music and song.

sweet - Anita W. Harris - Signal Tribune - ...read full review


There’s no more entertaining big-stage musical in town than Musical Theatre West’s regional premiere of Best Musical Tony nominee Something Rotten!, a musical theater buff’s dream come true and just as much fun for those who couldn’t put a last name to Chita, Patti, or Bernadette if their lives depended on it.

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review