While my kids are out of school, they have to stay on top of their summer readers. That means Shakespeare – and the inevitable groans of their impending boredom.
The play is set in 1590 and loosely based on the works of William Shakespeare. But he’s more like a reality-TV star than a stuffy old bard.
My teens could actually imagine taking a selfie with this Shakespeare hottie. Now, they’re sold on sonnets.
From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star.
When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL!
Something Rotten! has got the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs than most shows we’ve seen in a long time. There’s absolutely something for everyone to enjoy.
The performance was not only a fun way to tickle my teens’ interest in Shakespeare, but they also got a huge kick out of the multiple insider references to contemporary musicals that we’ve actually seen.
Despite a little salty language and some potty humor, I’d recommend Something Rotten! for older teens and up. One thing is for sure, that you’ll be laughing from the opening number until the curtain falls.
5 Reasons to See Something Rotten!
1. The songs are very clever and cheeky. They make fun of the musical genre, and of course of Shakespeare.
2. Shakespeare (Adam Pascal) is a bonafied rock star complete with a super-sized celebrity ego to boost. My kids think his poses are so Instagram worthy.
3. The ensemble cast is amazing, but I really enjoyed the large chorus-line numbers and tap dancing.
4. This play is makes the Renaissance so cool it just may turn your teens into Shakespeare groupies.
5. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten entertain us, inspire us, and reminds us that everything’s better with an exclamation point!
Something Rotten! is at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Winspear Opera House through June 25. Get tickets here. Disclaimer: the AT&T Performing Arts Center provided access to this performance for review. The thoughts and opinions are my own.