The Tony-nominated musical Something Rotten! celebrates its 500th performance July 1 at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.
Performance times during the holiday weekend are July 1 at 8 PM, July 2 at 2 PM and 8 PM and July 5 at 7 PM. (For performances July 1 and 2, patrons can use code SRJULY4 to get tickets from $40 as part of the “Star-Spangled Broadway” initiative.)
The cast currently features Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas, Avenue Q), two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony Award nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), two-time Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Wicked), David Beach (It’s Only a Play, Fish in the Dark, Mamma Mia!), Edward Hibbert (It Shoulda Been You, The Drowsy Chaperone, Frasier), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and André Ward (Rock of Ages, Xanadu).
Beginning July 18, Something Rotten! will welcome Tony Award nominee Will Chase (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rent, High Fidelity, The Full Monty) as Shakespeare, Theatre World Award winner Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You, Rent at New World Stages, Enter Laughing) as Nigel Bottom, Lortel Award winner Leslie Kritzer (The Robber Bridegroom, Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim) as Bea and Catherine Brunell (Something Rotten!, Les Misérables, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Portia.
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.