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for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "'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." Full Review
for a previous production "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.)" Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production ""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." Full Review
for a previous production ""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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production ""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." Full Review
for a previous production "“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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
for a previous production "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." Full Review
See it if you are a shakespeare and broadway fan and want to see a mash up of the two.
Don't see it if you have limited knowledge of shakespeare and broadway shows. A lot of the references will fly over your head..
See it if you love Christian Borle and Brian D'Arcy James. They steal the show and leave you wanting more when it ends!
Don't see it if you dont want a show poking fun at The Bard and making some suggestive innuendos
See it if You know your musicals (there are a lot of references), you really hate (LOVE) Shakespeare, you want to laugh and be thoroughly entertained
Don't see it if Simplistic humor, farce-sequel moments, and a pompous characterization of Shakespeare don't appeal to you
See it if you want to laugh all nite 'til it hurts. HYSTERICAL writing. Even the silly tongue-in-cheek (private) jokes make you to laugh 'til you cry.
Don't see it if nothing amuses you. The cast was fearless, strong & ON all nite. Beautiful staging & costumes, masterful lyrics, w/brilliant music to match.
See it if You have an understanding of the history of musical theatre and Elizabethan drama, to suck up all the really smart laughs and in-jokes.
Don't see it if You're bored of the trope of the "show that makes fun of musical theater."
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.
See it if you want to shut off your brain and enjoy two hours of Shakespeare and Broadway jokes with delightful tunes and great production values.
Don't see it if you want something to chew on or don't care for the razzle dazzle of the "traditional" Broadway musical.
See it if You enjoy laughing til your sides hurt. There's so many catchy mentions for the older viewer. DO NOT MISS this clever show
Don't see it if You are a shell of a human with no sense of humor
See it if you enjoy a fun, harmless, self-aware Big Broadway Musical with some terrific performers.
Don't see it if you didn't like (or have had your fill of) SPAMALOT, THE PRODUCERS, or even URINETOWN, TITLE OF SHOW, THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS, etc.
See it if You love musical theater & want to see something enjoyable / light. You're going to a Broadway show to celebrate an occasion like a b-day.
Don't see it if You take Shakespeare very seriously and don't want to even imagine him in another light. You don't like musicals. You prefer small shows.
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.