Simply Superb in every way!
– review of the show at the Broward Center for Performing Arts (Ft. Lauderdale).
Something Rotten! should be the first musical to require seat belts as you will want to stand up and cheer the entire time. We came into the Broward Center of Performing Arts and it was filled with people dressed in Renaissance attire. There was a buzz in the air and a few flagons of ale as well. I knew Something Rotten! had to be good as it was directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, who did a brilliant job with Aladdin and Book of Mormon, but this was a whole new level.
Usually, when I review a musical the main focus is their voices and the elements sounding them. Yet, with Something Rotten! the main focus has to be on the acting. I have never seen a musical that had better characters and more satiric and professional acting than it did with this show. If the Bottom Brothers played by Rob McClure and Josh Grisetti had a television sitcom starting tomorrow I would stop everything to watch it.
Rob McClure played the lead role of Nick Bottom, who reminded me a lot of a wound-up Paul Giamatti while keeping the showmanship of a Martin Short. He really showed this blending when he sang, God, I Hate Shakespeare. His brother Nigel Bottom played by Josh Grisetti was the smart one, the romantic one, the caring one, but always with a heavy coat of neuroticism on top.
However, not to be outdone by the Bottom Brothers was Adam Pascal who played William Shakespeare like the Elvis rockstar of the poetry world. As he dropped his own famous lines like ‘This is the Winter of Our Discontent’ and sang Will Power, the crowd joined in with delight.
Brother Jeremiah’s character played by Scott Cote was amazingly written. He was the king of innuendo and held onto an inner man screaming to come out. Cote really stole the show and had everyone in a tizzy during the number We See the Light. But, there was another character that was able to do that and he was Blake Hammond, playing the lesser-known Nostradamus. Mr. Hammond was almost as crazy as his wig and outfit were, but once again he was perfectly written and just a remarkable character. He took charge and led the troupe in one of the single greatest musical numbers of all-time in A Musical. This number literally had everything in it. It was the most complete scene that encompassed everything that’s good about musicals and featured many of them too like Annie, A Chorus Line and Cats. This is why we needed seat belts, the audience (myself included) was in a frenzy. I thought this was it. I’ve reached my theatrical peak. Then came Act Two and the scene Make an Omelette. What Casey Nicholaw created here was beyond hilarity, beyond genius, far beyond anything that came before it. I felt like I was in the dentist chair and the Nitrous Oxide was being turned to eleven. There was so much going on at the same time that you were scared to even blink and miss something, Something Rotten! that is.
You only have two weeks until April 2nd to check out this masterpiece at the Broward Center of Performing Arts. Remember when life gives you eggs, make an omelet. Don’t miss this eggceptional work of art.