Hello Intanet Fam,
First, I should acknowledge the excitement to tell you all about the amazing! Remarkable! Gut busting laughter of Broadway musical comedy Something Rotten. Something Rotten’s book, music, and lyrics are by Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and John O’ Farley. If you fancy a show that is hilarious, witty, brilliant, and has just about every recognizable show in a show, then you should go see Something Rotten in Chicago, IL at the Oriental Theatre. The show is currently running for a 2 week limited engagement until July 23rd, 2017. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, and starring some of our (or just mine) Broadway heartthrobs and original cast members from the New York Broadway production, Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.
Something Rotten is the Renaissance Era with a contemporary flair. I often forgot I was even in the Renaissance era! The actor’s choices were brilliant and intentional in every joke, musical run adlib, body language and delivery of lines. Pretty much all of the things… I was taken away with them every step and musical number.
In the limelight of the rock-star of the Renaissance era, Shakespeare, The Bottom brother’s set out to write the FIRST EVER MUSICAL, with the help of a fortune teller. Yes reader you read that write, a fortuneteller. This is in hopes to have the same level of sexy and glam as their colleague and counterpart, Shakespeare.
From the top of the show to the “bottom”, all puns intended. This show took you through a roller coaster of laughter. Honestly, I don’t know the last time I laughed continuously for approximately 2 hours. The music was catchy, fun, soulful, and all around had you dancing in your chair. I found myself on numerous occasions saying things like “YAS harmonies!” or “Come through dancing!” then followed by a church wave. I was still laughing and in awe during the intermission!
Something Rotten’s writer, John O’ Farley does and incredible job at incorporating relevant topics that are relatable to our current political climate, through clever and witty subtext. Elements of women rights and homosexuality acceptance in religion beliefs are some of the underline themes you will find. Considering our current political climate, this show brings humor and laughter to relevant times that we all could use.
Costume Designer, Gregg Barnes did a phenomenal job in bringing unique and fun colors to the 18th century. You were enthralled the minute the actors hit the stage, the costumes was a great supporting role in the vibrant energy and mood of the show and even had a humorous flair to them.
Dancing! Most importantly the tap numbers! Every character tapped in some part of the show… even Adam Pascal. I perked up at my seat at every syncopated step in each of the tap numbers. It made me wanted to dust off my tap shoes. Absolutely brilliant!
You MUST make the trip to Chicago and see this amazing show! The New York Post is quoted in saying it is “A DELIRIOUISLY ENTERTAINING new musical comedy that brings down the house!” Touche New York Post…. Touche.
Individual tickets for SOMETHING ROTTEN! at the Oriental Theatre range from $27 – $108. A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000 and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, visit www.BroadwayInChicago.com.