Adam Pascal, one of the iconic original cast members of Rent, will return to Broadway on November 7 as the new William Shakespeare in the Tony-nominated musical Something Rotten!. Will Chase, who took over the role this summer from Tony-winning originator Christian Borle, departed the production on October 9. The role is played in the interim by Eric Sciotto.
Pascal was seen on Broadway earlier this year as Chad in Disaster! Along with originating the role of Roger in Rent, he has also been seen in Memphis, Cabaret, and Chicago.
A tribute to musical theater, Something Rotten! is set in 1590s England and follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers desperate to write a play, but are stuck in the shadow of William Shakespeare. When they're told by a local soothsayer that the future of theater involves, singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, they set out to write the world's first musical. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs the production, which received 10 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. It is written by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick, and John O'Farrell.
The current cast includes Tony nominee Rob McClure (Nick Bottom), Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom), Leslie Kritzer (Bea), two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Nostradamus), Catherine Brunell (Portia), David Beach (Brother Jeremiah), Edward Hibbert (Lord Clapham/Master of the Justice), Gerry Vichi (Shylock), and André Ward (Minstrel).
Something Rotten! will end its run at Broadway's St. James Theatre on January 1, 2017. After beginning previews March 23 and opening April 22, the production will have played 742 performances.
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