Something Rotten!
Closed 2h 30m
Something Rotten!
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Something Rotten! NYC Reviews and Tickets

90%
(6458 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
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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877 Reviews | 906 Followers
100
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

852 Reviews | 1007 Followers
97
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

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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?)

953 Reviews | 387 Followers
45
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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
100
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.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
95
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.

750 Reviews | 124 Followers
94
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.

694 Reviews | 152 Followers
88
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

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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