Whatever you do, do not miss Something Rotten! The 2016 Tony Awards Best Musical Nominee show has been running since April 22, 2015, and is showing little sign of slowing down.

What’s It About?

Best described as a mash-up of all the things Shakespeare in and around the 16th Century and current day Broadway. Something Rotten! is the hilariously funny lovechild of the brothers Wayne together with Karey Kirkpatrick, comic novelist John O’Farrell and director cum choreographer Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”). The Broadway show is a brilliant mishmash of an outrageous spoof for all things Bard-like’ and a deliriously silly parody for the Broadway musicals, and the result is a show with gut-busting-belly-laughs and the most singing, and dancing ever seen on Broadway.

Set in the year 1595 the brothers Bottom have had enough of constantly being in the shadow of “The Bard”, and they decide, from the solid and dependable advice of a soothsayer, to write the world’s very first musical. The result is a bit of a foppish flop and the brothers soon realize that in order to be a success one, must in a face, to thine own selves be true… cue crazy jazz hands!

Something Rotten! The Musical

The musical parody is so cleverly written and we, as the audience, are introduced in hilarious ways to the marvels of then and now. Like Francis Bacon, letting us know he’s found the way to freeze meat while clutching a very much alive chicken. And the cheerleaders, yes cheerleaders in 1595, waxing lyrical about some brilliant playwrights that existed by then. Nick moans that he hates Shakespeare, “His plays are wordy, and the musical rant of Shakespeare goes on. He has no sense of the audience; Shakespeare makes the audience feel dumb.” To which the Renaissance Rockstar, aka Shakespeare’s admirers respond “Don’t be a penis, the man is a genius!”

The Bottom brothers give the writing thing their best shot possible, but for some [unknown] reason, their funny musical about the rather unfunny Black Death doesn’t sit well with their benefactor, Lord Clapham, which leaves them in a rather dubious position.

It is this combination of elitist and philistine humor that makes the whole show an absolute stand-out. Something Rotten! takes two very popular mediums, that rather up-his-own-you-know-what Shakespeare something and the musical, and combines them in such a captivating and hilarious manner that audience cannot get enough of this show. If you love stage shows and musicals and are not too precious about Shakespeare and appreciate wit and humor in their sometimes crude forms, then Something Rotten! is going to be right up your [cobbled] street. The humor is as dirty as the laundry water, and the characters are as hilarious as the Black Death isn’t, and you will love the costumes and musical routines.

Something Rotten! is an award-winning musical currently showing on Broadway and definitely worth seeing. Described as an uproariously funny show, it will delight and entertain even the most curmudgeonish of people. This is the award-winning musical that best suits your family for various humor. It’s full of laughter and keeps you lively. It is raunchy and funny and a perfectly put together comical piece that will have you laughing from the very first cue to the last exit stage.