SOMETHING ROTTEN

Critics

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90 %

Reviews: 10

Audience

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Reviews: 0

Welcome to the ‘90s—the 1590s—long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway's Josh Grisetti) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard” (Tony nominee Adam Pascal). 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! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.

Reviews

Rob Stevens

I am not sure what kind of a future awaits this creation—there is so much that is relevant to the here and now and the most recent past that I'm not sure it will hold up in ten or even five years. But it is an enjoyable piece of thinking man's fluff as is. Good political satire is very difficult to pull off and usually has a very quick sell by date. Leigh Silverman has directed with energy and the cast of 14 are plucky and lively.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

Something Rotten! is a ditzy satire that takes a wry poke at wannabe-ism and artistic celebrity; while it may not be the deepest or drollest of musicals, the choreography is great, the lyrics are clever, and the comic performances are entertainingly on the mark

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

There is nothing rotten to be found in Something Rotten!, a joyously over-the-top musical at the Ahmanson Theatre that spoofs and celebrates anything and everything about musical theatre. How can you not love a musical that celebrates The Black Death in song?

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Brilliantly clever show with a triple threat cast of performers. There's a lot of Mel Brooks' The Producers in this parody, but that's OK; the audience loves it.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, it focuses on celebrating an art and garnering as many laughs as possible. It is original in its intentional unoriginality, and the audience—myself included—ate it up. Something Rotten! is just fun, plain and simple, and is sure to warm the heart of even the most cynical of theatergoers.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Casey Nicholaw directs with tongue firmly in cheek at every moment on Scott Pask's Pee-Wee's Playhouse of a Renaissance set, while Gregg Barnes elaborately oversized and clunky Elizabethan costuming is so hilarious that one purple-hued ostrich-plumed outfit gets a huge laugh just by having the actor wearing it walk onstage. But hey, as Shylock advises struggling playwright Nick Bottom, “Don't listen to critics—they're ferkakta.” That may be true but boy, I hope to enjoy this wonderfully outrageous and incredibly clever musical many more times before it takes up permanent residence in some grand Las Vegas hotel in the future. And no, that's not gossip, just a far better prediction than Nostradamus' vision of that future Shakespearean hit "Omelette—the Musical.”

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Clever, tuneful, hilarious, charming, and utterly irresistible, Something Rotten is as fresh as musical theater gets and as fabulous as anything you'll see between now and New Year's Eve.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar

Given refreshingly perfect rhyming, a few melodious catches, and some truly funny lines, the lyrics are rather trifling, the melodies forgettable, the songs only serviceable and the script dumbed-down for mass appeal. But, thanks to Casey Nicholaw's semi-enthralling staging and choreography and the wizard trick-acting from this huge cast, Rotten! really isn't. It's not half bad. But it sure ain't Shakespeare.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

...the production remains a hysterical romp with heavy doses of absurdity that make it one of the most fun nights at the theater in recent history. The entire company is outstanding – it doesn't get said enough in general, but in a show like this, the ensemble is a musical's lifeblood — major kudos are due here to a company who dance their hearts out in high-paced tap numbers and kicklines that put any workout class to shame. From Blake Hammond's outrageous turn as Nostradamus to Scott Cote's take on Brother Jeremiah as a self-satisfied, barely closeted Puritanical preacher to Autumn Helbert's squeaky, enthusiastic Portia, the cast nails the comedic antics and swelling show-tunes across the board. Methinks there's nothing rotten about this production that's guaranteed to cast its buoyant mood over the entire theater and send you out with a Shakespearean skip in your step.

sweet - Maureen Lee Lenker - Entertainment Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar

“Something Rotten!” is filled to the brim with phallic humor and gay jokes, but the show is more daffy than naughty. This is Broadway camp served up with an elbow nudge and a wink.

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

I am not sure what kind of a future awaits this creation—there is so much that is relevant to the here and now and the most recent past that I'm not sure it will hold up in ten or even five years. But it is an enjoyable piece of thinking man's fluff as is. Good political satire is very difficult to pull off and usually has a very quick sell by date. Leigh Silverman has directed with energy and the cast of 14 are plucky and lively.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman

Something Rotten! is a ditzy satire that takes a wry poke at wannabe-ism and artistic celebrity; while it may not be the deepest or drollest of musicals, the choreography is great, the lyrics are clever, and the comic performances are entertainingly on the mark

sweet - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

There is nothing rotten to be found in Something Rotten!, a joyously over-the-top musical at the Ahmanson Theatre that spoofs and celebrates anything and everything about musical theatre. How can you not love a musical that celebrates The Black Death in song?

sweet - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Brilliantly clever show with a triple threat cast of performers. There's a lot of Mel Brooks' The Producers in this parody, but that's OK; the audience loves it.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, it focuses on celebrating an art and garnering as many laughs as possible. It is original in its intentional unoriginality, and the audience—myself included—ate it up. Something Rotten! is just fun, plain and simple, and is sure to warm the heart of even the most cynical of theatergoers.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Travis Michael Holder - Ticket Holders LA

Casey Nicholaw directs with tongue firmly in cheek at every moment on Scott Pask's Pee-Wee's Playhouse of a Renaissance set, while Gregg Barnes elaborately oversized and clunky Elizabethan costuming is so hilarious that one purple-hued ostrich-plumed outfit gets a huge laugh just by having the actor wearing it walk onstage. But hey, as Shylock advises struggling playwright Nick Bottom, “Don't listen to critics—they're ferkakta.” That may be true but boy, I hope to enjoy this wonderfully outrageous and incredibly clever musical many more times before it takes up permanent residence in some grand Las Vegas hotel in the future. And no, that's not gossip, just a far better prediction than Nostradamus' vision of that future Shakespearean hit "Omelette—the Musical.”

sweet - Travis Michael Holder - TicketHolders LA - ...read full review


Steven Stanley

Clever, tuneful, hilarious, charming, and utterly irresistible, Something Rotten is as fresh as musical theater gets and as fabulous as anything you'll see between now and New Year's Eve.

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Avatar

Given refreshingly perfect rhyming, a few melodious catches, and some truly funny lines, the lyrics are rather trifling, the melodies forgettable, the songs only serviceable and the script dumbed-down for mass appeal. But, thanks to Casey Nicholaw's semi-enthralling staging and choreography and the wizard trick-acting from this huge cast, Rotten! really isn't. It's not half bad. But it sure ain't Shakespeare.

sweet-sour - Tony Frankel - Stage and Cinema - ...read full review


Avatar

...the production remains a hysterical romp with heavy doses of absurdity that make it one of the most fun nights at the theater in recent history. The entire company is outstanding – it doesn't get said enough in general, but in a show like this, the ensemble is a musical's lifeblood — major kudos are due here to a company who dance their hearts out in high-paced tap numbers and kicklines that put any workout class to shame. From Blake Hammond's outrageous turn as Nostradamus to Scott Cote's take on Brother Jeremiah as a self-satisfied, barely closeted Puritanical preacher to Autumn Helbert's squeaky, enthusiastic Portia, the cast nails the comedic antics and swelling show-tunes across the board. Methinks there's nothing rotten about this production that's guaranteed to cast its buoyant mood over the entire theater and send you out with a Shakespearean skip in your step.

sweet - Maureen Lee Lenker - Entertainment Weekly - ...read full review


Avatar

“Something Rotten!” is filled to the brim with phallic humor and gay jokes, but the show is more daffy than naughty. This is Broadway camp served up with an elbow nudge and a wink.

sweet - Charles McNulty - LA Times - ...read full review