"Something Rotten"

"Something Rotten" continues through July 23 at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.


Theater fans won't go wrong securing a ticket to "Something Rotten."

The musical comedy continues through July 23 at The Oriental Theatre in Chicago.

The show tells the tale of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers during the Renaissance who are playwrights. The Bottoms, who are competitive with Shakespeare, are told of future "new" theatrical productions that feature dancing, acting and singing and attempt to test their talents at writing what's considered the world's first musical.

From the opening number "Welcome to the Renaissance" through the "Finale," the production surely keeps one's attention. The show is filled with clever and witty segments. And the humor just doesn't stop.

"Something Rotten," which opened on Broadway in 2015, began its first tour in January. The Broadway production of "Something Rotten" was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. If it wasn't for "Fun Home" being in the pool for Best Musical that year, "Something Rotten" could have easily taken the award.

Starring in the show are Rob McClure, who portrays Nick Bottom; Josh Grisetti in the role of Nigel Bottom; and Adam Pascal as Shakespeare. They all have starred in "Something Rotten" on Broadway. Other cast members include Maggie Lakis, Blake Hammond, Autumn Hurlbert, Scott Cote and Jeff Brooks.

"Something Rotten" pays homage to the art of the musical but also pokes fun at the genre. The Bottom Brothers long to be like Shakespeare and desire to have the success of the popular bard. The antics which unfold throughout the show are nonstop hysterical.

Singer/actor Pascal as Shakespeare is a hit portraying this bard who's more rocker than poet.

Shows which make such fun of anything are often difficult to do. If they're  put together haphazardly or feature nonsensical humor, they just don't work. "Something Rotten," however, works on all levels.

Witty songs featured in the show include "God, I Hate Shakespeare," "The Black Death," "Will Power," "To Thine Own Self" and "Make an Omelette."

FYI: "Something Rotten" continues through Sunday at The Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. Tickets range from $27 to $98. Call 800-775-2000 or visit BroadwayInChicago.com.

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Eloise writes about food and entertainment for The Times, subjects she has covered for over two decades in and around the Region. She was the youngest of eight children in a Chicago household filled with fantastic cooks and artists.