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Listen to the Grammy nominated Original Broadway Cast Album of Something Rotten today.
From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original, something fresh... Something Rotten!, a musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all. Welcome to the 1590s 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 as "The Bard" (Christian Borle). 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! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self and all that jazz.
Time Out New York theater editor David Cote (who called it "Broadway's funniest, splashiest musical comedy in at least 400 years") contributed a liner note about how the musical really is Elizabethan in spirit.
With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals, those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything's better with an exclamation point!
The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell.
Something Rotten! stars Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek), Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony Award® nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), Tony Award® nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Wicked), Tony Award® nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Peter Bartlett (Cinderella), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon).
- Track Listing
1. Welcome to the Renaissance
2. God, I Hate Shakespeare
3. Right Hand Man
4. God, I Hate Shakespeare (Reprise)
5. A Musical
6. The Black Death
7. I Love the Way
8. Will Power
9. Bottom's Gonna Be on Top
10. Welcome to the Renaissance (Reprise)
11. Hard to Be the Bard
12. It's Eggs!
13. We See the Light
14. To Thine Own Self
15. Right Hand Man (Reprise)
16. Something Rotten! / Make an Omelette
17. To Thine Own Self (Reprise)