Something Rotten / O.B.C.R.

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Something Rotten

From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q come something original, something fresh... Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. Welcome to the 1590 s, long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick (Brian d Arcy James) and Nigel Bottom (John Cariani) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known a

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  1. tvtv3 "tvtv3"
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    SOMETHING ROTTEN! Is Simply Wonderful, June 9, 2015
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    I was introduced to SOMETHING ROTTEN! about six weeks before the 2015 Tony Awards. I thought for sure the show would win the Tony, but like a lot of other great shows, it got snubbed due to theatre politics. Personally, I think SOMETHING ROTTEN! is one of the freshest and most original musicals to play on Broadway in years. It has a slight edge, but isn’t as extreme as BOOK OF MORMON; think more like bathroom humor. The show itself is really a long homage to musical theatre and the individualism of the American spirit (although it’s set in England during the time of the Renaissance). Leading with the great Brian d’Arcy James who portrays the elder of the two Bottom brothers, Nick, trying to make it as a playwright living in the shadow of the Great William Shakespeare, the vocals are really well done. Some of my favorite songs on the album are:

    “God, I Hate Shakespeare” – a tune that sums up the feelings of many high school students.

    “Right Hand Man” – a powerful female-song that’s about a woman who supports her man.

    “A Musical” – this is probably my favorite song on the album. It’s a song about the creation of the musical that references shows from as diverse as SOUTH PACIFIC and CHORUS LINE.

    “Hard to Be the Bard” – a tune that Shakespeare (Christian Borle) sings that has a rock feel that alludes to classic Queen.

    “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top” – Nick Bottom dreams up what it’ll be like when he writes the first musical and turns the tables on Shakespeare.

    In all honesty, I like almost all of the songs on SOMETHING ROTTEN! There’s a huge variety of styles from rock to gospel that all have some really witty lyrics. Personally, one of my favorite things is picking out all the different musicals this show references as well as all the Shakespeare and Elizabethan English references. I mean, the show is just jammed packed with musical theatre and Shakespeare references.

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  2. BookwormEarworm
    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    While I have yet to see a performance of this show I very much enjoyed this album, June 3, 2015
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    I am a theatre and musical enthusiast. While I have yet to see a performance of this show I very much enjoyed this album. The songs are fresh, funny, hummable, and seasoned with jokes and jabs at the theatre world. (There are also lines occasionally featuring the words vagina, penis, ass, and the like, not so much sexual but best described as bathroom medieval humor; so those with children, sensitive ears and or those seeking sophistication, move along.) My only critique is that the female characters definitely play second fiddle to the leading males. This is not a matter of poor talent but of the written roles. One woman’s solo is chiefly about supporting her man by being his right hand man. The other woman’s featured song is also a romance duet. I think the writers are obviously skilled with creativity, humor, and talent. I wish more had been invested in the character development and purpose of these women. However, this is only based on listening to the soundtrack. Perhaps different things come through in the performance. Anyways, well done cast! I’m already on my fourth or fifth listen through 🙂 Good luck at the Tony awards!!

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  3. tcamp1
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best $3.49 I ever spent!, June 10, 2015
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    A musical that makes you laugh until you cry. A musical that speaks to thespians everywhere. A musical I would recommend to anyone who loves theatre!

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