Something Rotten!, a broad musical comedy that combined a Shakespeare-era story with a contemporary sensibility that appealed to some theatergoers but left others, including some critics, cold, will close January 1, 2017 after 742 performances at the St. James Theatre.
The show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards; co-star Christian Borle won as featured actor in a musical for his performance as a preening, rock star-styled William Shakespeare opposite Brian d’Arcy James, playing a struggling playwright who, with the aid of a soothsayer, invents the idea of combining a play with music. The show pokes giddy fun at pretty much every important play and musical ever written.
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), the show features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. The producers informed the company this evening, adding that a first class national tour will officially launch January 17, 2017 at the Boston Opera House.
“On behalf of all the producers, we are so grateful to an exceptional company and crew for a wonderful run,” lead producer Kevin McCollum said in announcing the closing date. “It has been rewarding to have the opportunity to bring this completely original musical to the stage with Casey Nicholaw’s vision and to introduce new voices in the musical theater with Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’Farrell and Wayne Kirkpatrick.
McCollum’s co-producers included Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Mastro/Goodman, Jerry and Ronald Frankel, Morris Berchard, Kyodo Tokyo Inc., Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag, LAMS Productions, Winkler/DeSimone, Timothy Laczynski, Dan Markley, Harris/Karmazin, JAM Theatricals, Robert Greenblatt, and Jujamcyn Theaters.