There’s a new Broadway hit opening at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre this week. Something Rotten! – described by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” – takes us back to the time of Shakespeare, the playwright who’s making all the headlines at the expense of lesser mortals such as Nick and Nigel Bottom.
According to a soothsayer, these two brothers are led to believe that the forthcoming trend in theatre will be productions which involve not only acting, but singing and dancing as well, so – in order to outshine this Shakespeare character – they decide to write the world’s first musical.
In a production which the New York Post calls “a deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that brings the house down”, the brothers Bottom are played by Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti, with Adam Pascal as Shakespeare – all three of whom come to the San Francisco performance straight from Broadway.
Something Rotten! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award®-winner Casey Nicholaw (director of Aladdin and co-director of The House of Mormon). Music and lyrics are by Grammy Award-winner and Tony nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick, and Karey Kirkpatrick (a Golden Globe and Tony nominee) who also co-wrote the book with best-selling author John O’Farrell.
Nominated for 10 Tony® Awards – including Best Musical – Something Rotten! runs at the SHN Orpheum Theatre until September 10. For more information and tickets visit the https://www.shnsf.comSHN website.