Something Rotten! may soon bring the Renaissance to a city near you! The musical, which recently received ten Tony nominations including Best Musical, has announced that it will launch a national tour in the 2016-17 season. Casting and official dates will be announced later.
Directed by Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, the show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who 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 theater 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 Broadway production opened at the St. James Theatre on April 22. Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle and Brad Oscar each received Tony nods for their performances. The cast also includes John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Michael James Scott.