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Mar 23, 2019

Something Rotten! Opening Night

By Broadway Live INSIDER - Michael J. Miller

Loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously snarky gags, and an infectious love of the artform, “Something Rotten!” is a musical studiously fashioned in the same mold as Monty Python’s Spamalot, Mel Brook’s The Producers and The Book of Mormon.

Everything you’ve ever loved about musical comedy (and a few things you haven’t) is here, peppered with countless references to a multitude of Broadway’s biggest hits and most iconic moments. Throw in a through line of Shakespearean references to decode and amuse the literati among us and you’ve got quite a Midnight Buffet of decadent delight.

Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the rock star popularity of their contemporary, William Shakespeare, whose latest hits are being performed by a competing theatre troupe across town.

The brothers seek the sage advice of a soothsayer, hoping that the mystic can provide some insight into what the next big thing in theatre will be. The visionary foretells it just might be a whole new genre: The Musical.

References to what seems like every Broadway musical of the past 70 years and clever word (and plot) play on all things Shakespeare drive the proceedings. And boy does it work! It’s a hoot.

“Something Rotten!” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and went on be a critical and commercial success. Having opened just four years ago, it is one of the newest shows to come to the Opera House this season.

There might be something rotten in the state of Denmark, but the ghosts of The Bard and musicals past and present are bringing laughs and life to Lexington this weekend.  

All the world’s a stage. I pray you to feast your eyes and ears on the one at the Opera House this weekend. “Something Rotten!” is a fresh and frolicking feat.