Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle lead the cast of Something Rotten! as Nick Bottom and William Shakespeare.
Brian d'Arcy James and Christian Borle lead the cast of Something Rotten! as Nick Bottom and William Shakespeare.
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The company of Broadway's Something Rotten! headed into the recording studio to lay down tracks for the show's upcoming cast album, set to be released digitally on the Ghostlight Records label on June 2. Directed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw, the show features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick.

Brian d'Arcy James and Heidi Blickenstaff play onstage couple Nick and Bea Bottom.
Brian d'Arcy James and Heidi Blickenstaff play onstage couple Nick and Bea Bottom.
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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 they're 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.

Kate Reinders (Portia) gives a big hung to her onstage leading man, John Cariani (Nigel Bottom).
Kate Reinders (Portia) gives a big hung to her onstage leading man, John Cariani (Nigel Bottom).
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Performances began at the St. James Theatre on March 26, in advance of an April 22 opening. The cast stars stars Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek), Tony winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), Tony nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Wicked), Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Peter Bartlett (Cinderella), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon).

Gerry Vichi, Brad Oscar, and Peter Bartlett fight over who gets to record first.
Gerry Vichi, Brad Oscar, and Peter Bartlett fight over who gets to record first.
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For tickets to Something Rotten!, click here.