Theatre Review: There’s Nothing Rotten With “Something Rotten!”

“If you are a lover of musical theatre, then this show will have you rolling in the aisles and gasping with laughter as you try to catch every musical reference used throughout the show.”


 

“Something Rotten!” finally made its Dallas debut at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and did not disappoint. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the show is a non-stop riot through the renaissance that will leave you laughing and cheering from start to finish.

Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!

Nothing about this modern musical feels like it should have been left in the middle ages. The cast was sublime, and each member carried their weight through the heavy dance numbers and intense vocal runs. Adam Pascal was a real rockstar with his Shakespeare, but the show stealer easily was Nostradamus, played by Blake Hammond. The song, “A Musical” in act one, was so action-packed and brilliant that many audience members gave it a standing ovation in the middle of the show.

And special props have to be given to the fantastic ensemble in this show. They moved seamlessly through each number and dance combination with precision all while wearing layers upon layers of heavy Elizabethan garb.

If you are a lover of musical theatre, then this show will have you rolling in the aisles and gasping with laughter as you try to catch every musical reference used throughout the show. It doesn’t matter if you are a theatre lover or not, “Something Rotten!” Is a show that cannot be missed. Run, don’t walk, to get your ticket and enjoy a night of Broadway at its finest.

Now performing at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas June 13 – 25

Ally Harrison

Ally is a Dallas native and art lover that has been active in the theatre and opera scene for over fifteen years. She is currently studying arts and performance with a concentration of theatre at the University of Texas at Dallas and does small productions throughout the year in the local drama community. She started performing at age 8 and has travelled all over the globe performing for presidents, ambassadors, and royalty. Now, she enjoys a more quiet life with her fiancé and cat and hopes to transition her skills into teaching high school theatre.
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