John Cariani’s Favorite Songs from ‘Something Rotten!’

Christian Borle as The Bard (center, top) and the cast of Something Rotten! perform Will Power (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Christian Borle as The Bard (center, top) and the cast of Something Rotten! perform “Will Power” (Photo by Joan Marcus)

John Cariani divulges some of his favorite numbers from the hit musical Something Rotten.

Right Hand Man – Bea, Nick

“My favorite song right now is ‘Right Hand Man’, the song that Heidi Blickenstaff sings as Bea. I think it’s a terrific song, lyrically, melodically and she sings the heck out of it.”

God, I Hate Shakespeare – Nick, Nigel, The Troupe

“Also, ‘God, I Hate Shakespeare,’ which Brian d’Arcy James sings, because it prepares the audience for what they’re in for. Some people do hate a lot of Shakespeare because a lot of his plays are really long and some of the plots are convoluted. [Nick] really calls him out on that, which is awesome.”

Hard To Be the Bard – The Bard and Ensemble

“I always love ‘Hard To Be the Bard’ that Christian Borle sings. It’s such a great rock song. I love the guitar riffs and the driving melody of that song.”

For a taste of the spirit of the show, check out the music video for ‘Hard To Be the Bard’:


A Musical – Nostradamus, Nick, Ensemble

“Of course I love ‘A Musical’ that Brad Oscar sings. The audience loses their minds for it.”

We See the Light – Portia, Nigel, Brother Jeremiah, Nick, Ensemble

“I think my favorite to perform right now is ‘We See the Light’ because it’s kind of Nigel’s awakening. Nigel finds his strength with that song. He becomes the voice of reason, the voice of truth and the voice of intelligence. Nigel has such integrity as an artist and I really love that about him. ‘We See the Light’ begins his journey towards being a confident artist. And it’s all because of Portia.”

For more about John Cariani and Something Rotten!, see John Cariani: Modern Day Bard and Welcome To The Renaissance.

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Kimberly Dijkstra
Kimberly Dijkstra is the web editor for Anton Media Group, a writer for Long Island Weekly and recipient of several Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) and New York Press Association (NYPA) awards.

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