Something Rotten!
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Something Rotten!
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Something Rotten! NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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.

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75
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?)

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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

Critic Reviews (42)

The New York Times
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 second camp."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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-and-dance you into submission...It’s total silliness, of course; Nicholaw keeps the lights bright, the sound loud, and the plot moving at a furious boil. (That’s part of why it evaporates so quickly.)"
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 skewers...Even if the show doesn't finish as strongly as it starts, its giddy high spirits prevail."
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Entertainment Weekly
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 musicals do become a little repetitive. What carries you through is the evident fun being had by the cast."
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Variety
April 22nd, 2015

"Shamelessly silly parody of Broadway musicals — an outrageous spoof of all things Shakespeare...Although comic desperation descends on the second act, it’s still a deliriously funny show."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 22nd, 2015

"The cast is resolutely lively, and “Something Rotten!” has enough punch to partially conceal the thinness of the material. Nevertheless, this one’s for backward sophomores only."
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Chicago Tribune
April 22nd, 2015

"The wacky new Broadway musical has the best opening comedic number of the season — heck, several seasons...To say the show opens with a bang does not do it justice...That level of anarchic comedy is not, alas, fully sustained. That is, perhaps, one of the dangers of starting out with such intensity, rather than pacing yourself."
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New York Post
April 23rd, 2015

"Everything from story to song clicks into place, the actors are firing on all cylinders — and the audience knows it’s watching something special. Now, that something special is 'Something Rotten!,' a deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that is devilishly clever under its goofy exterior. Yep, this is a blockbuster."
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New York Daily News
April 22nd, 2015

"Supremely silly...the musical love child of “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Forbidden Broadway.” In other words, this showbiz offspring has some darn fine DNA. And a terrific core idea...And the formula works — mostly. Some tunes and dance pieces recur. So laughs dry up as “Something Rotten!” becomes a deju vu-sical. There’s compensation, though, including a mouthwatering production that looks like more than a million bucks."
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AM New York
April 27th, 2015

"With all its showmanship and silliness, 'Something Rotten!' begins on an extremely promising note, sustains it throughout act one, and then falters in act two, where attempts are made to resolve the haywire plot. Even so, “Something Rotten!” is a great deal of cartoonish fun."
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NY1
April 24th, 2015

"There is absolutely nothing rotten about the new musical 'Something Rotten!' In fact, I smell a hit. Right out of the Mel Brooks school of comedy, nothing is sacred and everything is funny! "Something Rotten” is red meat for theatre lovers – it’s clever, bodaciously funny, ridiculously tuneful; and even if Act II feels a bit overdone, audiences are sure to eat it up."
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Theatermania
April 22nd, 2015

"'Something Rotten!' doesn't quite reach the game-changing heights of that blockbuster musical, but it will give you two and a half hours of hearty laughs...that the show is able to maintain its high level of lunacy without falling into a disappointing rut in the second act is a testament to Nicholaw, his cast, and his creative team."
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Theatre is Easy
May 2nd, 2015

"The trouble with 'Something Rotten!' is that the humor never really advances past references to other musicals and Shakespeare plays. And these references are often just the title of a show or a famous quote. While the audience laughs in recognition, it's just too easy. Also, after such a strong beginning, act two feels muddled and overstuffed. That said, 'Something Rotten!' is entertaining from start to finish. A lot of this is in the performances."
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CurtainUp
April 22nd, 2015

"Musical theater aficionados will eat up the constant tongue-in-cheek references, not just to Shakespeare's works and characters, but to musicals generally. That said, not every joke is a home run. Those who don't attend the theater as often won't "get" all the insider references. What they will get is a terrific cast performing at the top of their game, peppy direction and choreography, and lots of colorful and varied design work."
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Stage Buddy
April 22nd, 2015

"Its greatest achievement is combining all these elements and transcending parody because of how openly it wears its heart on its sleeve, it’s a show by musical lovers made to please other musical lovers...A blissfully entertaining show that doesn't pretend to contain anything particularly original."
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C
November 17th, 2015

"A delightfully irreverent mash-up of Broadway musicals and Shakespeare that should keep audiences laughing for years to come...The love stories are slight. But director Casey Nicholaw compensates. He’s an expert at staging broad comedy without letting his cast resort to hamminess…It’s the writers, all making their Broadway debuts, who emerge as the biggest stars, imbuing 'Something Rotten!' with smart-alecky glee."
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DC Theatre Scene
April 22nd, 2015

"By the end of the show, despite the cleverness of its concept, 'Something Rotten' as executed simply hasn't added up to a completely satisfying musical. Its choreography seems too repetitive, its rock score sounds too generic, its tone is confused – as often peppy or sappy as subversive or satiric – and its plot is all over the place: Too much of what unfolds during its 150-minute running time feels like filler."
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The Guardian (UK)
April 23rd, 2015

"Mildly amusing and oddly anodyne...It’s hard not to wish that the show’s creators had the set the bar and the flame just a little higher. Something Rotten! wants to be uncouth and impertinent a la The Book of Mormon, but it’s much too nice for that...It’s never offensive, but it’s never very exciting either."
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Z
April 22nd, 2015

"Casey Nicholaw pulls out every trick in the theatrical book to keep you from laughing so hard and smiling so much you’re likely to overlook the show’s flaws until you’ve left the theater...yet, for all of its high points, something is missing from the show – a real heart."
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The Huffington Post
April 22nd, 2015

"Something's rotten on the stage of the St. James, and it smells like a hit...'Something Rotten!' is larded with overripe performances, layer upon layer of schmaltz, and everything in the kitchen sink except a battle of flying cream pies...It hits the target again and again, but as the evening progresses they serve up fewer and fewer bull's eyes."
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New York Theatre Guide
April 23rd, 2015

"Something Rotten is a big splashy puffball of a musical that has been way over-thought, over written and over-worked. There is not room for one more note, one more reference to a Broadway musical, one more historical factoid, one more nod to Shakespeare, one more word or gesture or even breath. We waddle out of the theatre stuffed, but not satiated."
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The Wrap
April 22nd, 2015

"The new musical 'Something Rotten!' offers something rare, as well as something recycled. The something rare is the opportunity for no fewer than three leading men to astonish us in entirely different ways...“Something Rotten!” turns into something recycled. “Omelette” tells the story of “Hamlet” by riffing on “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Pippin,” “Annie,” and any other number of tuners."
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New Jersey Newsroom
April 24th, 2015

"Riddled throughout with stage-related gags, the madcap 'Something Rotten!' obviously represents far too much of a good thing, but it undeniably gets mighty hilarious at times."
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USA Today
April 22nd, 2015

"It's pretty safe to assume that 'Rotten!' will not join the ranks of the iconic shows it references any time soon...with enough comic fodder to sustain a briskly entertaining, though ultimately forgettable, ride."
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Newsday
April 22nd, 2015

""Something Rotten!" arrives on Broadway with Hit! plastered all over it -- and I am not here to doubt it. The advance enthusiasms for the musical-comedy Renaissance spoof have been impossible to duck. Suffice it to say that, despite my sincere desire to be at the party, the show's good-natured silly charms just feel hammered by an unrelenting tsunami of manic, frenetic, zanier-than-zaniest onslaught of collegiate show-biz humor."
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Towleroad
April 23rd, 2015

"Though often grossly (and unabashedly) overplayed, overall the show’s on-the-nose wit is disarmingly funny and likely to charm...Many of the musical’s basest laughs would be plainly eye-rolling (or some even more so than they already are) were it not for director Casey Nicholaw’s deft comedic hand coupled with the cast’s timing and finesse."
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NorthJersey.com
April 23rd, 2015

""Something Rotten!" may not be the tidiest new musical of the Broadway season, but it's by far the funniest...A high-spirited, gleefully acted, past-meets-present cultural mash-up, mixing high wit with low jokes. It exists for its individual comic and musical scenes, with plot coherence discarded as excess baggage."
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WNBC
April 22nd, 2015

"“Rotten!” paints musical theater culture in the same broad strokes that the “The Book of Mormon” used to satirize religion—everyone gets to be in on the joke. This new musical makes us do just enough work that we feel satisfied for picking up on them. Go for the production numbers and the big-hearted turns from the leads, whose enthusiasm ultimately proves even more infectious than the plague."
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scribicide
April 22nd, 2015

"Where other Shakespeare-oriented works fail when they superficially reach for the highbrow, Something Rotten! succeeds because it allows itself to be unapologetically silly...There is something a little ingenious about taking the richest period in English literature and using it to write an ode to trashy entertainment. Something Rotten! is that rare piece of fluff that knows exactly where it stands while occasionally betraying an unexpected intelligence. Then again, sometimes it’s just funny."
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Off Script with Dan Dwyer
May 1st, 2015

"Seldom does the Great White Way see a sillier version of the highbrow and a smarter version of the lowbrow in one show. The laugh-a-minute book by Kirkpatrick and O’Farrell, observes all the conventional structure of the musical comedy genre, but transports it to a level of unadulterated fun not achieved often enough...Nicholaw moves the whole production in a seamless, happy-go-lucky whirlwind, which barely allows for the audience to stop laughing."
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The Associated Press
April 22nd, 2015

""Something Rotten!," written by three guys making their Broadway debuts, is fresh and hysterical and irreverent. It's easily the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since "The Book of Mormon...led by director Casey Nicholaw at his exuberant, daffy best. There are tap dancing eggs, for God's sake...And this time, thanks to some of Broadway's best pros, these outsiders have created something far from rotten. Or a turd. It's awesome."
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BroadwaySelect
May 4th, 2015

"Casey Nicholaw has directed with the secure speed that he gave 'The Book of Mormon'...One thing’s for sure. Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, who are siblings, have written something far more successful than the Bottom brothers ever could. 'Something Rotten!' contains more laughs than all our other current Broadway shows combined. That phenomenal first act production number won’t be all you’ll be applauding wildly."
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As Her World Turns
June 29th, 2015

"This show is a riot and MUST SEE for musical theater fans...It’s a love letter to musical theater with samplings of famous show tunes scattered throughout."
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Financial Times (UK)
April 23rd, 2015

"By the time this initially delightful, eventually repetitive Broadway extravaganza ends, you too may feel a slight impatience not only with Shakespeare but with the entire musical theatre genre."
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New York Theatre Guide
April 22nd, 2015

"'Something Rotten' is simply false advertising. Something Absolutely Brilliant would be closer to the mark, but I imagine modesty prevented those involved from telling the truth about this parody. It is, quite simply, the best musical I have seen in ages."
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Showbiz 411
April 23rd, 2015

"I haven’t had such a good, silly time at the theater since 'Spamalot' or maybe 'The Producers' as I did last night at 'Something Rotten.' The new musical is possibly the Best Musical Tony winner and definitely a strong nominee after its opening last night...'Something Rotten' is just a pure delight."
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Stu on Broadway
May 4th, 2015

"'Something Rotten!', its excesses sometimes going too over-the-top, nonetheless, is fun, clever, and containing a bevy of high-spirited, ebullient actors...Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw’s work is well-thought out bringing forth superb performances. As choreographer his dance numbers bring down the house."
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Perez Hilton
April 23rd, 2015

"If there is one flaw with the show is that it's all fluff and not enough stuff. There is very little heart in the show, even though there are some attempts at a couple of love stories...It aims to please and it succeeds! Super well done!!"
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R
September 15th, 2015

"A rare theatrical event…a wonderful musical farce. Anyone who wants to go to the theatre and have a great time, unburdened by a complicated plot, listen to fun lyrics, and experience two acts of non-stop laughter…this “very new musical” should be their play of choice!"
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BritishTheatre.com
March 31st, 2015

"One cannot stop basking in the memories of the unmitigated joy which has just played out over the course of two hours and thirty minutes of sheer, unadulterated bliss...As a piece of ribald, shameless and hysterical musical theatre, 'Something Rotten' is unrivaled on Broadway at present. It is fresh, fabulous and frenetic fun...go see 'Something Rotten' – it will restore your faith that musical theatre can be magical in every way."
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Simon Parris Man in Chair
April 5th, 2015

"Jam-packed with all the ingredients of a surefire smash hit, Something Rotten is funny without being unnecessarily smutty, and clever without being particularly original...The fact that the show’s writers are relative newcomers gives it a fresh enough voice, it just does not have anything unique to say with that voice. There are, however, an abundance of hilarious moments. "
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Hot Pepper Theater
April 21st, 2015

"It's like Monty Python for Shakespeare. The show is nothing substantial, it's fluff- hilarious fluff. If you like Spamalot you're going to like this show."
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