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  Something Rotten! at Ahmanson Theatre

Something Rotten!

Ahmanson Theatre
135 North Grand Ave Los Angeles

The year is 1595, and struggling playwrights Nigel and Nick Bottom are planning on taking Shakespeare down a peg or two. Their idea? To conjure up the one type of show that's outside of The Bard's wheelhouse - the musical! An uproariously irreverent and meta portrait of the Renaissance, Something Rotten! tracks the Brothers' shaky progress while gleefully parodying The Great White Way's greatest hits along the way, riffing on everything from Phantom of the Opera to Les Miserables.

Thru - Dec 31, 2017

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 213-628-2772

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  Something Rotten! Reviews
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Edge - Highly Recommended

"...Broadway's 2016 hit, "Something Rotten!" is a silly, highly enjoyable mess of a show. Dealing, as it supposedly does, with how the American Musical was born, helped along, they tell us, by William Shakespeare, who also does yeoman's work on the King James' version of the Christian Bible."
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Dale Reynolds

Stage and Cinema - Somewhat Recommended

"...Persecution by Portia’s hypocritical dad (in a courtroom scene inevitably lifted from The Merchant of Venice) drives the Bottoms and their feeders, including a certain unofficial play backer named Shylock (Jeff Brooks, cornered into a role made up of Jew jokes), to flee to new opportunities in the New World. They may not get the new country house they wanted but they’ll have a house in a new country. That, along with easy anachronisms, groaner puns and salacious innuendoes, is about as witty as this dialogue ever gets. The rush for the creators to cook all of their eggs before they spoil becomes slightly enervating in the overly long second act."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Something may have been rotten in the state of Denmark back when The Bard ruled London, but there’s nothing at all rotten going on at the Ahmanson Theatre as Center Theatre Group welcomes the Broadway National Tour of 2015 Best Musical Tony nominee Something Rotten, a musical theater buff’s dream come true and just as much fun for those who couldn’t put a last name to Chita, Patti, or Bernadette if their lives depended on it."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw - Somewhat Recommended

"...Perhaps the main issue with the show is that it is never able to evade being middling in every particular. Yes, there is music, but it's not music that compels. Certainly there's humor in the book, but no exchange or device dazzles. And the characterizations are workmanlike and flimsy. It's as if the entire thing is ready to be shipped out on the high school circuit: innocuous, inoffensive, and just a bit boring."
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Paul Birchall

Haines His Way - Highly Recommended

"...There is nothing rotten to be found in Something Rotten!, a joyously over-the-top musical at the Ahmanson Theatre that spoofs and celebrates anything and everything about musical theatre. How can you not love a musical that celebrates The Black Death in song?"
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Rob Stevens

Ticket Holders LA - Highly Recommended

"...The score by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell is both infectious and goofy, especially as performed by this exceptionally gifted and superhumanly energetic and charismatic ensemble, who collectively and individually defy the reputation for walking through the material dogging many companies out on tour. With titles such as “The Black Death” and “Bottom’s Gonna Be on Top,” the songs are wonderfully silly to showcase both the cast and the choreographic whimsy of director Casey Nicholaw."
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