Garnering 10 Tony nominations, there is nothing rotten about the Broadway smash hit Something Rotten! coming to the Lincoln Center March 28-30.
Set in the height of Shakespeare’s fame, Something Rotten! follows Nick and Nigel Bottom who are desperate to right the next big play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing and dancing, they set out to write the world’s very first musical… even though they aren’t really sure what that means.
We caught up with Jennifer Elizabeth Smith, who plays Portia, a Shakespeare fangirl who must keep her love of poetry under wraps from her Puritan family. “Something Rotten! takes place in the Renaissance, but it’s told with a modern eye which makes it really unique and fun,” says Smith. “Even if you hated Shakespeare in high school, you’ll love ours.”
Something Rotten! is Book of Mormon meet Spamalot. It’s music for people love musicals, and for people who hate them. Shakespeare traipses around the stage as if he were a Backstreet Boy. Nick Bottom despairs how silly it is that people would just break out into song while breaking out into song himself. In short, Something Rotten! is just “old-fashioned frivolous entertainment, and a feel-good show that will leave you one-hundred percent happier”.
“Something Rotten is the funniest show you’ll see all year. Hand’s down,” continues Smith. “You’re not going to know what to expect. It’s going to be surprised second after second which makes it a great two-and-half-hour escape.”
Go back in time and see the first musical ever made March 28-30 with Something Rotten! Seats from $20 at LCtix.com.