something rotten!

Original Broadway musical about the writing of the “first” musical.

Toward the end of the Renaissance, the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel (Brian D’Arcy James and John Cariani), are struggling playwrights mostly because of the success of William Shakespeare (two-time Tony winner Christian Borle). In order to provide for his family, Nick visits Nostradamus (Brad Oscar), a soothsayer, who tells him to write a musical called “Omelette”.

Absolutely hysterical. I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire time. It was such a joyful show. The songs and choreography were great, the costumes, the sets, gorgeous. And it would be nothing without this incredible cast. I had never seen James on Broadway before, he really is something. And Borle as Shakespeare was fantastic. Playing the Bard as a leather-clad rock star was pure brilliance. I wish the women had more to do but both ladies (Heidi Blickenstaff and Kate Reinders) were also wonderful. If you love literature and the history of Broadway in general, you should definitely check this out.


One Comment

  1. Haha I would definitely love to see the show, but I am on the other side of the globe. “Omelette” is actually a mispronunciation of Hamlet, which is quite hilarious. I only listened to the cast recording, and the first act was good for a first effort by the composers, but the second act really falls flat in music. It is not horrendous, but it could not sustain the energy of the first act. Maybe I need to see the musical in full to experience the whole thing, in order to appreciate the second half of the show better.


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