The Company Theater has announced its upcoming production of Something Rotten!, a bawdy and irreverent show that captures the follies of two brothers-turned-playwrights in their quest to eclipse their contemporary, William Shakespeare.
Fresh out of ideas on how to accomplish this Herculean feat in the Shakespearean era, writers Nick and Nigel Bottom seek out Nostradamus, but end up consulting his eccentric nephew, Thomas. They unite to outsmart this Renaissance Rockstar to create the next big thing in theatre: MUSIC! Hilarity and chaos ensue when they get a few things wrong. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and its sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is a frantic dose of Broadway entertainment.
Something rotten! is directed by award-winning director and Company Theater co-founder Zoe Bradford. The show features musical direction by Steve Bass, choreography by Sally Ashton Forrest, set design by Ryan Barrow, and lighting design by Dean Palmer, Jr.
Donnie Norton, Weymouth High School’s theater director, stars as the tap-dancing, song-singing Nick Bottom. This is a rare opportunity to see this award-winning director from the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild (METG) perform on stage.
“Whether you’ve read the complete works of Shakespeare or just skimmed the CliffsNotes, seen all the Broadway shows or just caught the hits, there’s something for everyone in Something Rotten!” Bradford remarked. “This journey into the world of the Renaissance is full of parodies and mockeries of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. It’s a pure delight with tap-dancing duels and visually appealing with period sets and costumes Shakespearian.”
Something rotten! opens Friday March 18 and ends Sunday April 3 with evening and matinee performances. General admission tickets are $48 and premium seat tickets are $56. For a complete list of times, to purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.companytheatre.com or call the box office at 781-871-2787.