Something Rotten!
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Something Rotten!

Something Rotten! NYC Reviews and Tickets

(6481 Ratings)
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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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139 Reviews | 14 Followers
Delightful, Must see, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if I LOVED this show so much than I saw it 26 times; and would have gone more if I could have afforded it. My favorite musical EVER.

Don't see it if you don't like farce-and/or not familiar with Broadway musicals-they are all referenced in some way in song/staging.

75 Reviews | 91 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you like fun, you are fun, and you like to talk about fun things. Because, you will be talking about this forever. Sometimes, you will sing.

Don't see it if you don't have a good sense of humor, or are unfamiliar with Broadway. Also if you are not a fun person. Then, stay away.

50 Reviews | 23 Followers
Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like Shakespeare (or like to see him attacked.) You like musicals and will get inside jokes.

Don't see it if You get offended with lines like "Don't be a penis, the man is a genius."

127 Reviews | 27 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing, Great acting

See it if if you like anything Broadway, Shakespeare, or both... it's a must see. One of the few plays/musicals I would see again, and again.

Don't see it if you are uptight.

231 Reviews | 41 Followers
Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing, Hilarious, Must see

See it if you love musicals or want toe-tapping great entertainment!

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or don't like being entertained

62 Reviews | 11 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you are suffering from lack of laughter. It is hilarious. I had my dosage of laughter for the week after seeing it on Sunday (11/20/16)

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh

132 Reviews | 32 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Funny

See it if you are a fan of musicals and the cultural history of such. Weaving musicals into Shakespearean England is both clever and hilarious.

Don't see it if you are looking for a boring, low-key evening.

64 Reviews | 11 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh out loud and enjoy an entertaining show. You've seen a number of musicals & enjoy comical references .

Don't see it if You are looking for serious Shakespear

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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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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