Something Rotten! Celebrates First Anniversary With Epic Shakespearean Selfie
Something Rotten! celebrated its first year on Broadway with an epic Shakespearean selfie featuring Tony-winning star Christian Borle (who plays the Bard) and the entire audience at the St. James Theatre on April 22.
Audience members were given masks with Shakespeare's face on them and posed with Borle following the performance. The event commemorated not only the musical's anniversary, but also Shakespeare's birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death, both of which took place on April 23.
Following the performance, the cast and creative team headed backstage to toast the occasions with a festive cake.
Something Rotten!, written by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick, and John O'Farrell, is a tribute to musical theater set in 1590s England. It follows Nick and Nigel Bottom, a pair of brothers who are 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. Direction and choreography are by Casey Nicholaw.
The production currently stars three-time Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, Tony nominee John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff, two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi, and André Ward.