Musical comedy ‘Something Rotten’ coming to The Bushnell starting Jan. 30
“Something Rotten” is brewing in Hartford, and it has nothing to do with state government or city finances.
The touring version of the show that ran on Broadway in 2015 and 2016 will visit The Bushnell’s Mortensen Hall for eight performances starting Tuesday, Jan. 30.
With book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, “Something Rotten” is set in 1595 (”Welcome to the Renaissance” is one song) and tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, brothers who are desperate to write a hit play.
When a relative of Nostradamus is consulted, he says the next big thing in theater will be the strange concept of singing, dancing and acting at the same time: “An actor is saying his lines, and out of nowhere he just starts singing.” Incredulous at first, the Bottom brothers set out to write the first musical. Another funny bit: The soothsayer mistakes Shakespeare’s next big hit as “Omelette” instead of “Hamlet,” so the brothers write about eggs.
“Rotten” is deemed appropriate for anyone 8 and older, and there will be an American Sign Language interpreted performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4.
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, 166 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Tuesday, Jan. 30-Sunday, Feb. 4. Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 2, 8 p.m.; Sunday 1, 6:30 p.m. $117.50-$22.50. 860-987-5900