Something Rotten! Ripe with Zany Fun

Plain and simple – it’s pure entertainment. Playing now through May 14th on the Connor Palace stage of Playhouse Square, ‘Something Rotten!’ is an irreverent homage to musicals and the joy of the stage.

Something Rotten! (Photo Jeremy Daniel)

This 2-hour and 20-minute show is both a blitz of jazz hands, and a personal game of name-that-show. But note: this bawdy and brash spectacle is NOT for the kiddies!

Simply put, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are out to find the next big thing in writing plays. Unfortunately, the 1590s Renaissance writers are competing with story-god William Shakespeare! While Will was once a member of their own group, he is now on his own and kicking their literary butts. So after Nick consults a fortune teller, the brothers set out to write a MUSICAL (insert large arm gesture here!) But is the information that Nick receives accurate?

Something Rotten! (Photo Jeremy Daniel)

With the star power of Tony® nominee Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Broadway’s Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom, and Tony® nominee Adam Pascal as power player William Shakespeare, this tour is bursting with talent.

‘Something Rotten!’ is “The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared!” (New York Magazine).

From Left: Blake Hammond and Rob McClure (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

The pacing is quick. The story is provoking. The tap dancing is terrific. The costumes are flashy. The songs are catchy and hilarious. And the love!!! Oh there is love!

The infatuation between Nigel and puritan PortIa is adorable. The seething rivalry between Nick and Will is beautifully sculpted and cunningly played. Bea (Nick’s wife, played by Maggie Lakis) is hilarious as the understanding but firecracker of a wife who’s willing to pull her weight for the household.

Maggie Lakis and Rob McClure (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

With sequins, codpieces, leather, feathers, and OMELETTES, ‘Something Rotten!’ will have audiences in stitches while saying “WTF?!” through tears of hilarity.

For those ready for a challenge, see the Wikipedia listing below of the musicals that are referenced in ‘Something Rotten!’ There are countless Shakespearean quotes and more, as well. See how many YOU can pick out – it’s a challenge. It’s a game. It’s a quest!

Run! Do not walk to the final week of ‘Something Rotten!’ at Playhouse Square, playing through May 14 on the Connor Palace Stage. Tickets are $10-$95. Call 216-241-6000 or visit for more!

Something Rotten! (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

MUSICALS referenced in ‘Something Rotten!’
The Producers

Avenue Q

The Phantom of the Opera

The Fantasticks


West Side Story


Lady Be Good


Little Shop of Horrors

La Cage aux Folles

Miss Saigon

42nd Street


Mary Poppins


The Lion King

Sunday in the Park with George

Guys and Dolls

Sweet Charity

Hello, Dolly!


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street



Fiddler on the Roof

The Sound of Music


On the Town

South Pacific




Jesus Christ Superstar

Les Misérables

The Music Man

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat



A Chorus Line

Into the Woods

Published by Kate Klotzbach

After writing for Examiner for 7 years, I brought my content to a new venue! Founded in June of 2016. I'm a Musical Theater graduate of Ohio Northern University and a long-time performer, arts lover and former stage manager. I spent 3 years touring the U.S. with VEE Corporation, and am a proud Cleveland Singing Angels alum. Lover of Cleveland, chocolate, coffee, dogs, scary movies, Cards Against Humanity and (of course) my awesome family. PLEASE BE SURE TO "FOLLOW" MY BLOG FOR ALL OF THE LATEST UPDATES AND POSTS!

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