Something Rotten!: Musical Info & Synopsis


Something Rotten! is set in Renaissance England, where two struggling playwrights, Nick and Nigel Bottom, attempt to outshine William Shakespeare. Frustrated by the Bard’s popularity, the brothers seek guidance from a soothsayer who predicts that the future of theatre involves musicals! As the Bottom brothers attempt to create the world’s first musical, they are met with theatrical mishaps, misunderstandings, and a spirited rivalry with Shakespeare himself.

Musical Information

Musical Type: Contemporary (2015)

Cast Size: 18+

Genre: Comedy

Setting: 1500s / England (London)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics/Book: Karey Kirkpatrick

Music/Lyrics: Wayne Kirkpatrick

Book: John O’Farrell

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (2015)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Music Theatre International➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


2010s, Comedic, Food, Metamusical, Original, PopularTap Dance

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