The Tony-nominated musical Something Rotten! celebrates its first year on Broadway April 22 at the St. James Theatre. The Shakespeare-themed musical comedy is marking the occasion with a series of events next weekend in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 1616.
For certain shows and select seating areas throughout next weekend, patrons can enjoy a one-time-only $99 anniversary ticket offer using the code SR1BDAY on Ticketmaster for performances April 22 at 8 PM, April 23 at 2 PM and April 24 at 3 PM
April 22 at 12:30 PM – Sixth Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam
The Sixth Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam will be held at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, beginning at 12:30 PM with a performance by Something Rotten! cast member Eric Sciotto. Starting at 1 PM, the Sonnet Slam will feature 154 readers of all ages performing all 154 of Shakespeare’s Sonnets in numerical order. The event is free for the public to attend and is held rain or shine. For more information, visit Sonnetslam.com or Twitter.com/SonnetSlam.
April 22 from 6-6:30 PM – Special In-Person $15.95 Ticket Lottery
A special ticket lottery will be held in person at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street), where a limited number of $15.95 tickets to that evening’s 8 PM performance will be sold to winners of the drawing. Tickets are limited to two per person. Entries will be accepted beginning at 6 PM, with winners to be drawn at 6:30 PM by a special birthday guest. The show’s regular digital lottery and rush ticket policies will be suspended for Friday’s performance only.
April 22, Post-Show – Record-Breaking Post-Show Surprise Photo Opportunity
Audience members at the April 22 performance will have the exclusive opportunity to be part of a special record-breaking Shakespearian photo immediately following the conclusion of the show.
April 25 at 7 PM and 9:30 PM – Something Really Rotten – Cut Songs From The Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below – (sold out)
Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick, along with the original cast of Something Rotten!, sing through the songs that got revamped, revised or rejected. For more information visit 54below.com/artist/something-really-rotten.
Here's how the musical is billed: "Welcome to the '90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as 'The Bard.' 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. 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 St. James Theatre is located at 246 West 44th Street.