Music and Lyrics by Karey Kirkpatrick & Wayne Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell
Sept. 22-Oct. 15, 2022


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“Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years."
– TimeOut New York

"Going to see Something Rotten! is an amazing experience and you are guaranteed a laugh-filled evening."
– The Huffington Post

It’s Shakespeare’s London. Or it’s Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood. Or is it BOTH?

It's 1595, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but they're stuck in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting, all at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

This smart, subversive musical comedy mashes up the crass commercialism of today’s Hollywood with the people and plays of Shakespeare’s London, to ask fascinating, funny questions about commercial success, popular success, artistic success, and personal success. And beneath the rapid-fire Shakespeare jokes, the show comically deconstructs itself and musical theatre as an art form, exploring what makes musicals tick and why we love them. The show was nominated for ten Tonys, nine Drama Desk Awards, and twelve Outer Critics Circle Awards.

The New Line cast includes Chris Kernan (Nick Bottom), Marshall Jennings (Nigel Bottom), Clayton Humburg (Shakespeare), Carrie Wenos (Bea Bottom), Melissa Felps (Portia), Jeffrey Izquierdo-Malon (Nostradamus), Jason Blackburn (Brother Jeremiah), Robert Doyle (Shylock/Lord Claphon), Chris Moore (Minstrel), and Mara Bollini, Kent Coiffel, Brittany Hester, Ian McCreary, Maggie Nold, and Alyssa Wolf.

The New Line production will be directed by Scott Miller, with choreography by Alyssa Wolf, music directed by Mallory Golden, costume design by Sarah Porter, scenic design by Rob Lippert, lighting design by Matt Stuckel, and sound design by Ryan Day.

Produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The 2015 Original Broadway cast recording, and the piano-vocal selections

Music Theatre International's Something Rotten! Study Guide

The wonderful book The Friendly Shakespeare

The book Shakespeare's London: Everyday Life in London 1580-1616

The brilliant Shakespeare sitcom Upstart Crow

SPECIAL DEAL: The 1595 Upstart Crows Tour T-Shirt, as seen in New Line Theatre's production of Something Rotten!

SPECIAL DEAL: The original 1588 Tamburlaine Show T-Shirt, as seen in New Line Theatre's production of Something Rotten!


SOMETHING ROTTEN! runs Sept. 22-Oct. 15, 2022, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. Sept. 22 is a preview.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors on Thursdays; and $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors on Fridays and Saturdays. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the MetroTix website.

DISCOUNTS: HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance, with the code word, posted only on New Line's Facebook page. COLLEGE FREE SEATS: Ten free seats for every performance, open to any college student with a valid student ID. EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status.

All offers not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.