Something Rotten Review – Raucous Surprises, a Roaring Good Time

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Something Rotten!, Broadway’s newest musical, is so fun it's hard to say for sure who was having a better time at the St. James Theater the other night, the audience or the actors and musicians on stage.  

"Something Rotten!" was not one of the new shows I was jumping out of my skin to see.  However, earlier that day, a ticket peddler on the street gave this show quite a build-up.  He went so far as to say it was the next, "Book of Mormon."  So I went to the theatre that night expecting 'the second coming'.

To be honest, all the hype ruined the first few minutes of the show for me.  The over-the-top acting on stage was not nearly as overdone as the response from the audience.  It reminded me of the 'plants' or 'seat fillers' that famed Broadway Producer David Merrick used to bump up the energy in the house.  I didn't appreciate it.  However, once I got over the hype, I caught the bug!

Brian D'Arcy James is responsible for my change of heart.  He is the star of the show, a Broadway veteran who deserves this opportunity as much as anyone. He makes the most of every minute he is on stage, which is most of them. He's so good at what he does that he reminded me that with certain, well-crafter pieces, 'over-the-top', is exactly what's needed.

"Something Rotten!", like its predecessors, "Something Happened On The Way To The Forum," "Kiss Me Kate" and "The Producers," is about the making of a Broadway Musical, only in this case it's 1595, so it's pre-Broadway.  It's the time of bards and Shakespeare.  What this show does so seamlessly is to merge the baudy, sophomoric humor with literary and political references, many of which will go over your head on the first viewing.  That makes "Something Rotten!" two and half hours of surprises.  You see some of them coming a mile away, but it doesn't matter.  

This show is hilarious!  It was put together by newcomers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, John O'Farrell, and Mormon and Aladdin director and choreographer, Casey NichoLaw.  They supply a wordy, fast-paced text that a lesser cast would trip over line by line.  In these experienced hands, there are no curfuffles to be heard--just pure mastery and delight.

The D'Arcy role, Nick Bottom, is that of a playwright looking for the next 'big thing'. Listening to the advice of a bogus soothsayer, Thomas Nostradamus, he and his brother set out to write, "Omelette: The Musical."  Sound sadly familiar?

I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone, as it was briefly for me, so I'll leave much of the details out.  The biggest and happiest surprise for me was Christian Borle, in the role of the popstar bard of the day.  Perhaps like many of you, I only knew his work in the ill-fated tv appearances in Smash and The Sound of Music, with Carrie Underwood.  He was so understated in both of those roles, I assumed that was his entire range.  Oh no.  Be prepared to have your socks (and perhaps more than that) knocked off!  Now we know where Elvis got his moves!

The rest of the cast is superb.  Of special note are John Cariani, as Nick's brother Nigel Bottom, Heidi Blickenstaff, as Nick's wife, who goes all out to bring the women's movement to the 16th century, and Brad Oscar as Nostradamus.

Despite the over-hype, this is definitely the first feel-good show of the spring season!  Go and enjoy! 

For more information on Class Act Entertainment:  www.classact-entertainment.com

 

Haute Tease

  • Focus Features Celebrates 15 years with Free Live-Streaming on Facebook of Three Classic, Award Winning, Films

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A trio of film favorites from Focus Features will be streamed on Facebook Live over the next three Fridays. #FocusFridays will take place each Friday night on the Focus Features Facebook Page,https://www.facebook.com/FocusFeatures/ beginning @6:00 PM PT.  

  • Mountain & Adventure Film Festival Launches Competition Fest

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Benjamin Oberman, CEO of Film Festival Flix announces the lineup for its maiden voyage of the Mountain and Adventure Film Festival. Oberman, along with Joni Cooper, former Director, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival, will host the first annual Mountain & Adventure Film Festival over an unprecedented 28 days during the month of February.  

  • Money News Asia: SESAMi Gives Singapore Businesses a Trade Finance Boost

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    SESAMi, South‐East Asia’s largest e‐procurement platform, touches the lives of over 15,000 small businesses and 5,000 large buyers around the globe each year. The firm processed SGD 1.8 billion worth of e‐invoices in the last 12 months, a figure that has grown steadily 14% year‐on‐year since its inception in September 1999.

     
  • Skynny Kitchen Review – Nutritious, Unique, Vegetarian Fare

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The newly remodeled and expanded Skynny Kitchen Restaurant in North Hollywood at Magnolia and Lankershim Blvd., opened recently offering a unique twist, American fare with a healthy spin, that appealed to me.

     
  • "WatchBox by Govberg" App a Timely Father’s Day Find

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

     

    Looking for a quintessential Father's Day gift that's truly timeless? Then you may want to turn to the WatchBox by Govberg app for some assistance with what to get for the deserving Dads in your life.

Crime

  • Four Day Old Baby, Two Toddlers Found Alive Among Ohio Execution Slaughter

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Eight members of a rural Ohio family were found dead, early Friday morning, shot execution style as they lie sleeping, in multiple locations across a small area of Pike County. None of the victims appear to be the shooter.

     
  • Teen, Tortured and Shamed by Dad, Commits Suicide

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Isabel Laxamana, a beautiful raven haired ‘tween, suffered the brutalities of bullying when her father believing discipline, including shaming, would stop any future poor social media choices chopped off her long hair on camera and uploaded the video.

     
  • Ariel Castro Accepts Plea Deal; Sentencing Hearing Scheduled

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man who held three women captive in his East side residence for over a decade, has accepted a plea deal arrangement sentencing him to life in prison plus 1000 years. 

     
  • UPDATED: Colorado Teen Has Died From Injuries Sustained in School Shooting

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Claire Davis, 17, the Arapahoe teen shot at point blank range by a lone gunman who entered the Colorado suburb high school prepared for mass casualty, has died from injuries sustained in school shooting.

     
  • Drive-By Shooting Kills Seven

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Gun fire erupted in the coastal community of Isla Vista, near UC Santa Barbara, in a drive-by shooting that left seven dead and another seven injured in what police are calling a premeditated attack by a disgruntled student.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival - A Global Experience in the Magical Mojave

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, this three day (and four night) family-friendly festival is truly a global music experience. The 13th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom with powerful music from around the world to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers.

     
  • Andre Mieux A.M.X: World R U Ready

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A.M.X. is a multi-talented R&B artist whose star is rising fast in the music industry with fans starting to take notice of his original sound. A.M.X., also known as Andre Mieux, is a singer, songwriter and music producer who has talent, charm and uniqueness as an artist.

     
  • Something Rotten Review – Raucous Surprises, a Roaring Good Time

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Something Rotten!, Broadway’s newest musical, is so fun it's hard to say for sure who was having a better time at the St. James Theater the other night, the audience or the actors and musicians on stage.  

     
  • The Sword & Scabbard: Thieves and Thugs and the Bloody Massacre in Boston - A Page Turning Thriller

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Sword & Scabbard, from Allen Woods, looks as if it would appeal to Boston’s very tony elite, not until pushing through the labyrinth of technology interruptions does one realizes Woods has created a page turning account of corruption, violence, and a bloody re-revolution massacre.

     
  • Interstellar Soundtrack with Music By Hans Zimmer Out In Time For The Holidays

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    (October 28, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA) WaterTower Music today proudly announces the November 18 release of Interstellar: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, with music by renowned composer Hans Zimmer, whose career has earned him Grammy, Golden Globe, Classical Brit, Academy, Tony, and American Music Awards.