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Something RottenBroadway audiences have been enchanted by Something Rotten! for a full year and there is no end in sight for the spellbinding musical. A tale of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, and their rivalry with superstar and heartthrob Will Shakespeare, Something Rotten! takes theatregoers on a tour through Elizabethan Age England, with a modern slant.

The show opened at the St. James Theatre on April 22, 2015, to rave reviews. The talented cast included the well-known stage and screen actors Brian d’Arcy James and Christian Borle, as well as John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brad Oscar and Kate Reinders, who all remain in their original roles.

André Ward (center) and the cast of Something Rotten! (Photo by Joan Marcus)
André Ward (center) and the cast of Something Rotten! (Photo by Joan Marcus)

“The show is populated with some of the best comic actors on Broadway,” said Cariani, who plays Nigel Bottom, a playwright who idolizes Shakespeare while his brother despises him. “It’s fully committed to giving the audience a joyous experience.”

Something Rotten! celebrated its first anniversary on April 22, marking 400 performances and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. To honor the occasion, the Bottom brothers themselves appeared in front of the St. James before the show to draw names for a special live lottery—a true thrill for fans.


See John Cariani’s favorite songs from Broadway’s Something Rotten!

With showstopping numbers and laugh-out-loud humor, Something Rotten! must not be missed. Viewers are treated to a smörgåsbord of expertly executed musical and dance numbers in a variety of genres and are sure to go home with the catchy tunes stuck in their heads for days.

Something Rotten!, a musical comedy with a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, is at the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St. For tickets, visit www.rottenbroadway.com or call Ticketmaster at 877-250-2929.


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

John Cariani: Modern Day Bard

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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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