Competition for The Bard and The Tony

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Christian Borle (center, top) and the cast of 'Something Rotten!' Christian Borle (center, top) and the cast of 'Something Rotten!' (Joan Marcus)

A show that can take on both Shakespeare and a group of Tony nominees sounds like a wonder and “Something Rotten” appears to be just that. The new musical has racked up an impressive 10 Tony Award nominations recently, including one for best musical.

Set in the theater world of Elizabethan England and directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, it’s the story of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, whose company is in desperate need of a hit to counter the overwhelming success of their chief rival, William Shakespeare. They concoct a crazy plan to sing and dance at the same time on stage — in other words, they’ve dreamed up the idea of the Broadway musical.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood lets us know if the show deserves the accolades it’s already received.

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

At DRUARY LANE THEATER in London, England many years ago the impresario determined to have happy endings on all the Shakespeare plays, not just the comedies, but also the histories and tragedies. That pleased enormously many patrons to the theater which is only a short distance from the Covent Garden Opera House.
Opera goers are frequently Shakespeare enthusiasts particularly in the BARD's homeland. The attendees adored the happy endings BUT THAT WAS NOT SHAKESPEARE and the writers engaged for the project were not above the average author of their then current stage authors. They were NOT Shakespeares.

May. 06 2015 08:24 PM

Critical response is fairly positive, so far. I attended a fun, trivia Tony program at the Library for the Performing Arts on Tuesday evening, and heard only positive things about "Something Rotten!" (note the exclamation point!).

Doubtful that I'll see it before June 7, but I have seen a nominated play revival, "You Can't Take It with You." We'll have to see what the Tony voters (there are 875 of them, I learned Tuesday night!) have to say.

I also learned a lot about the Tony voting rules -- fascinating stuff. And all for free at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts.


May. 06 2015 12:37 AM

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