Something Rotten! at TPAC

Cast of Something Rotten! ; at center is Nick Rashad Burroughs, on the left front is Tonya Thompson. © Jeremy Daniel

Cast of Something Rotten! ; at center is Nick Rashad Burroughs, on the left front is Tonya Thompson. © Jeremy Daniel

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.

The completely original new musical “Something Rotten!,” makes its Music City debut at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall Tuesday, June 27 – Sunday, July 2, 2017. From the director of “Aladdin” and co-director of “The Book of Mormon” and the producer of “Rent,” “Avenue Q” and “In the Heights” comes this sparkling new comedy.

“We are exceptionally proud to close out this year’s unforgettable Broadway season presenting an original new musical with ties to Music City,” says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “Nashville’s own Wayne Kirkpatrick, who has written songs for Eric Clapton and Little Big Town, is one of the talented members of this creative team who brought this fresh, witty, clever show to fruition. ‘Something Rotten!’ is bound to become one of the best modern musical comedies, and I can’t wait to share it with our Broadway community.”

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 New York production opened in April 2015 with the National Tour launching in January 2017, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner, Tony Award nominee, and Nashville’s own Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author and Tony nominee John O’Farrell.

Three Broadway principals are reprising their roles on tour: Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare and Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom. The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus, Autumn Hurlbert as Portia, Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah and Jeff Brooks as Shylock, and Nick Rashad Burroughs as the Minstrel.

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), Steve Bebout (associate director) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.
Tickets are on sale at, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

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