Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Something Rotten!

From 6,442 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful

About the show

This laugh-filled musical comedy about the creation of the very first musical earned ten 2015 Tony Award nominations. More…

This mash-up of 16th-century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theater, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s first musical. 

2h 30m | Already closed | St. James Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (6442)


Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful
Avg Score

Entertaining, Cliched, Fun, Lively, Well staged

See it if you enjoy fluffy, broad humor.I found it calculating and sophomoric, but liked it more than Book of Mormon. Fun big numbers, talented cast.

Don't see it if you want a meaningful musical. This is light and airy. Wish women had more roles (why not a female soothsayer?)

Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you like to laugh, like BIG musical numbers and great music.

Don't see it if you don't like comedies

Entertaining, Hilarious, Excellent music, Excellent performances, Must see

See it if You love to laugh and love big musicals with incredible music, winning performances, great choreography, exquisite costumes! Crowd Pleaser!

Don't see it if You don't like musicals

Cliched, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Fluffy

See it if Your looking for a completely mindless show and you haven't already seen Spamalot, Drowsy Chaperone or Book of Mormon.

Don't see it if You've seen Spamalot, Drowsy Chaperone or Book of Mormon or you've already seen all the jokes of this show. Nothing original going on here.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to learn about musicals!

Don't see it if you don't like smiling or laughing.

Clever, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Spectacular

See it if Over-the-top parody of Shakespeare plays and many musicals. Lively upbeat music and staging, with plenty of clever wordplay.

Don't see it if You are looking for something serious.

Mostly-disappointing, Half-ambitious, Half-clever, Half-entertaining

See it if you are willing to leave after the funny, original, smart, entertaining first act.

Don't see it if you intend to sit through the pandering, half-baked, ridiculous, sophomoric second act.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you're interested in a zany musical about show biz during Shakespeare's time, you appreciate loving parodies of past & current musicals

Don't see it if Broad humor is not your thing, you prefer realistic drama over farce, you would be upset to miss so many Shakespeare references

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if you like to laugh! It doesn't get any sillier then this thoroughly enjoyable visit to the London the first Queen Elizabeth's 16th century.

Don't see it if you need logical reality in your theatrical experiences. There is nothing significant or likely to provoke thought here.

Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Broad, Uneven

See it if you like broad MUSICAL COMEDY!

Don't see it if you like a more sensitive approach to storytelling.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Original, Refreshing

See it if You want to laugh! You want clever lyrics. You know Broadway musicals. You know Shakespeare's plays. You want to be entertained!

Don't see it if You don't know Broadway musicals. You're unfamiliar w/Shakespeare's plays. You want drama. You want social issues.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Quirky

See it if you LOVE musicals. This show is a celebration of musical theatre. You'll laugh and laugh and laugh.

Don't see it if you don't love musicals or a caricature depiction of Shakespeare.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if Wonderful show. Great music, fantastic acting and singing, very funny.

Don't see it if Everyone would like it.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You're a lover of all things musical theater.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for a laugh-out-loud show that can be very campy at times.

Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like musical comedy with a great cast, enjoy laughing out loud and sophisticated silliness.

Don't see it if you prefer serious plays, contemporary costumes and sets and you dislike slap stick and theater jokes.

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see

See it if You don't want to miss one of the most hilarious and brilliantly written and acted musical ever. I saw 5 times !

Don't see it if You would not like Shakespeare seen through a satirical lens. You don't like contemporary all styles, irreverent musicals

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if Want to have FUN! This was hilarious and entertaining. Don't go looking for a deep story. This is a musical of the best kind! Fun and funny!

Don't see it if You don't like having fun. Not all the songs are spot on, but it is 90% hilarious and a good time. The absurdity is part of the funny.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if you want to sit back and enjoy mindless entertainment.

Don't see it if you expect a musical to have a message.

Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy lots of musical theater inside jokes.

Don't see it if You aren't into musicals.

Funny, Entertaining, Satirical

See it if you enjoy high-energy musicals which are legitimately very funny, you want to see a spectacle of singing/dancing that seems fresh, not dated

Don't see it if you're looking for something dark, serious or of the classic golden age musical variety

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Like the premise, Shakespeare writes 1st musical. If you like clever references, and puns and don't mind breaking fourth wall.

Don't see it if you dont like to see a conceit overworked. You don't like broad comedy that invites you to be part of it and comments on itself.

Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if love riotous musical comedy and a first act show stopping number

Don't see it if you love drama

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Dizzying, Quirky

See it if You just want to have fun. All the theater references are clever

Don't see it if You don't enjoy sophmoric (albeit really funny) humor.

Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy yourself and not think too much.

Don't see it if you want to see a show with substance and not just a funny one.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You just want to be entertained. Enjoy old fashioned musicals and will get the references. You want to see top notch musical performers

Don't see it if You like challenging theater You aren't a fan of musical theater. You won't appreciate the references.

April 22nd, 2015
"Unchecked enthusiasm is not always an asset in musical comedy, despite the genre’s reputation for wholesale peppiness. “Something Rotten!,” the rambunctious new show that opened on Wednesday night, dances dangerously on the line between tireless and tedious, and winds up collapsing into the seco...
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April 22nd, 2015
"Nicholaw’s genius for reducing an audience to helpless giggles is on blazing display in Something Rotten! — a new show so steeped in the tradition that it often seems like a concordance. Anything you’ve ever liked in a musical comedy (and a few things you haven’t) are here, just waiting to sing-...
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April 22nd, 2015
"Smells like a hit, a very palpable hit...This is a big, brash meta-musical studiously fashioned in the mold of Monty Python's Spamalot, The Producers and The Book of Mormon, loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewe...
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April 22nd, 2015
"This rambunctious, song-stuffed confection details the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of a musical’s creation...“A Musical” is such a showstopper it threatens to render the rest of the show something of a comparative damp squib, and the many subsequent jokes and numbers invoking the lunacy of mus...
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