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As expected from a 2015 Tony nominated musical, “Something Rotten!” is a spectacular show full of humor and romance. From the music to the set, the show was an exquisite display of entertainment.

“Something Rotten!” follows the Bottom brothers, who are currently trying to write the next hit play during the Renaissance, just after Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” became a smash.

With all of the excitement surrounding Shakespeare, Nick and Nigel Bottom struggle to create the next big hit. With the pressure of supporting his wife, Nick turns to a questionable source for help, which leads to him creating the first musical.

Many elements of the musical make it a hit. The humor, while sometimes crude, has everyone in the audience roaring with laughter, and the wonderful chemistry developed between the star-crossed lover, Nigel Bottom and Portia, the daughter of a Puritan, had everyone crossing their fingers that they’ll have a happy ending.

Since “Something Rotten!” is about the first musical created, naturally, they had to make references to other musicals. There were funny allusions to “Mary Poppins,” “Cats,” “Les Misérables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” and many more. Fans of musicals were pleasantly surprised when they heard an allusion to a musical they love.

The standout character of the show was Shakespeare, with the directors giving his character a new twist. Written as a diva and a rock star, his songs “Will Power” and “Hard to Be the Bard” perfectly spell out what kind of character he is.

It’s easy to see why the original actor, Christian Borle, won Best Featured Actor in a Musical at the 2015 Tony Awards. Shakespeare is now played by Adam Pascal, one of the original actors in “Rent.”

The music was charming and hilarious. “The Black Death,” “It’s Eggs!,” “Make an Omelet,” and many more have everyone in stitches. The humor perfectly nestled into each song.

Although the musical is closing down on Broadway on January 1st, it’s going on a tour across the US. Starting in January and ending in July, heading to 15 states. If “Something Rotten!” is coming to a theater close to you, make sure to buy a ticket before it’s sold out!

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