Something Rotten! At Orpheum
Talk about credits: Something Rotten! touts the director of Aladdin, co-director of The Book of Mormon, and producer of Rent, Avenue Q, and In the Heights. This musical comedy is two brothers trying to out-playwright Shakespeare. They receive a prediction that the next hottest thing in theatre is singing, dancing, and acting simultaneously – setting them on route to create the world’s first musical.
David Cote of TimeOut NY gives the play a 10:
“…Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years…tremendous care and showbiz savvy have gone into making a sophisticatedly silly rom-com that has it all: laugh-out-loud lyrics, catchy music, jaw-dropping sight gags and a powerhouse cast selling Bard-laced punch lines to the ecstatic balcony…the songs…are perfectly placed and deliver an escalating level of zaniness. Director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw…keeps it all spinning dizzily, imbuing the self-referential theatricality with sass and smarts. And what a cast. If you didn’t already know what a smashing actor and singer Brian D’Arcy James is…here is a chance to see him carry a show with wit, fire and some impressive tap moves.”
See it for yourself April 3-8 at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $39 – $135. Most of the eight shows run during Park and Shop’s discounted parking. You can park next to the theatre for just $6 all day Sundays and after 4 pm the rest of the week.