The completely original new musical Something Rotten! directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opens at the Bass Concert Hall, May 30 – June 4, 2017.
The New York production opened in April 2015 on Broadway and continues performances at the St. James Theatre through January 1, 2017. Three of the current Broadway principals will be reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom.
The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.
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 rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful… something for everyone… It’s Something Rotten! “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!
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!
Track Rambler caught up with Something Rotten! actor Nick Rashad Burroughs to hear more about what fans can expect from the show.
TR: Can you start off by introducing yourself and who you’ll be playing in the musical?
Nick: My name is Nick Rashad Burroughs and I play the Minstrel in Something Rotten!, and he’s the narrator of the show.
TR: Can you introduce us to the play? Give us a sense of what it’s all about without spoiling too much.
Nick: Well, the show is set back in Shakespearean times. It’s about the creation of the very first musical, and so you have these two playwrights dueling, one of them is the great Shakespeare and one is Nick Bottom, who is an upcoming talented playwright. [Nick] is trying to come up with a better idea than Shakespeare so that he [would] be able to provide for his family and beat Shakespeare once and for all. And in that, he comes up with the musical, and with that comes just a bunch of ridiculous parodies, fun, dancing, glitz-and-glamour, and a real appreciation for musical theater.
TR: I can’t even imagine the environment that you’ve immersed yourself in. Can you tell us what it’s been like preparing with all of the cast and crew?
Nick: Well, actually from the very beginning it was so family-based. Rob McClure, who is our leading man, did the show on Broadway and transferred from the Broadway production to the touring company and he knew the ropes and welcomed everyone. He’s just a great leader. We all do everything together. We go snorkeling, and so the rehearsal process started out with a great family environment.
TR: What’s it been like on a personal level? What have you done to get in the mindset of Minstrel? Any rituals or anything like that?
Nick: Well, my character is the first person that the audience sees and so I have to welcome everyone into this world that they don’t really know about. They don’t see anything until I come on the stage, and I come out and I welcome them. I put on a mask of welcoming. I lift my chest up and become inviting. I have a secret, which is the show, that I let everybody in on. I sing the first the song called “Welcome to the Renaissance,” which brings everybody to the show and introduces the setting. Before I go on I smile. I just become this character of happiness.
TR: What do you think people will be saying when they leave? How will they be feeling as they’re walking out?
Nick: I think when people come to the show they get a real appreciation for musical theater and for Shakespeare. I think that’s what people will really take away from it all. It’s about connecting the past and the future. That’s what people will take away from it all.
Nick Rashad Burroughs
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Interview by: Sawyer Click