‘Something Rotten’ comes to Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford
“Something Rotten,” a musical comedy mash-up about two brothers who set out to write the world’s first musical, will be presented at Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre in Stamford, Friday, Jan. 31, through Saturday, Feb. 22.
Lou Ursone, Curtain Call’s executive director, said audiences will enjoy it because it’s a “no-holds-barred, silly night of theater” that’s cleverly written, with plenty of tongue-in-cheek wit.
“Something Rotten” gives audiences a “somewhat historical and definitely hysterical look at the 1590s,” Curtain Call says. A loving parody of both Broadway and Shakespeare, it enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway, as well as a two-year national tour.
“My favorite part is the musical number where Nostradamus, not THE Nostradamus, launches into a very, very funny eight-minute musical number explaining what he sees in the future, and that is musical theater,” Ursone said. “Additionally, I have to say, this is one of the biggest dance shows we’ve done since ‘Newsies,’ and the choreography is really fabulous.”
Nick and Nigel Bottom are the siblings at the center of this story. Ursone shared more via email. “After meeting with Thomas Nostradamus, based on his prognostication, the Bottom brothers set out to write ‘Omelette, The Musical.’ They have to dodge potential investors, Puritan magistrates, and, navigate the blooming young love of Nigel Bottom with the head Puritan’s daughter. All the while, young Will Shakespeare is continuing to leave them in the dust.”
“Something Rotten” was created by Grammy-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years,” it will be directed in Stamford by George S. Croom, who also directed Curtain Call’s “Spamalot.”
Ursone said not only is this show hilarious, but so is much of its music. For example, he said there’s a song called “God I Hate Shakespeare,” which “is pretty darn funny as Nigel sings of his disgust for The Bard.” There’s also some slightly risqué lyrics in “The Black Death.”
The Kweskin Theatre at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Friday, Jan. 31-Saturday, Feb. 22. Thursday, Friday, Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Doors open a half hour before show time. $35 adults, $25 senior citizens, $17.50 children. Thrifty Thursdays $27.50. Flex Passes offer discounts of 25% and more. 203-461-6358