A few months ago I was approved to serve on the media team for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). This means I’m provided with access to the shows, plays, and events coming to Nashville with the opportunity to preview them and share my experience with my readers. I might even get to interview an actor or two (in the future).
My first Broadway musical experience with Something Rotten was hilarious, bright, and high energy. I loved it. I found myself cheering the progagonist on, falling in love with the celebrity of Shakespeare, and following along with the popular (and funny spin) of popular Shakespeare quotes.
I’m glad my first Broadway play experience was Something Rotten.
Read on for a brief synopsis and review!
So let me give you the premise of Something’s Rotten!
The year is 1500 (ish) and two playwrights and brothers Nick and Nigel are on the grind. The challenge is that Shakespeare (echo “Shakespeare) is the hottest act in the country. It’s like the two playwrights are always coming in second place (and no one remember who lost the Super Bowl). Shakespeare is depicted as a superstar, and everyone around him gets starstruck, even me.
As our two protagonists are figuring out how to push past the Shakespeare celebrity, Nick encounters Nostradamus who prophesizes that Nick and Nigel would create the new genre the musical (pronounced myousical).
Misinterpreting the name ‘Hamlet’, the prophet said, that it would be called ‘Omelet’.
Nigel who is the poet of the two brothers doesn’t agree with the potential play called “Omelette” and tries to persuade him to write a play of substance and art.
But the musical “Omelette” continues on and is performed as a Broadway hit, complete with actors in egg costumes, and even omelet costumes — high kicking like it’s the Rockettes!
You have to see the play to see how it turns out as well to experience the music. It really was a treat that I would see over again.
Below is audio of the ending of “A Musical” after Nick meets Nostradamus and proposes a never heard idea of combining words and song — a musical. Mostly, you can hear the end and how hard us audience members were cheering (me included).
It. Was. That. Good.
Something Rotten will be at Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN – June 30 through July 2, 2017
You can purchase tickets here: https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/something-rotten-2017-tpac.
TPAC is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, occupying an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. Also housing the Tennessee State Museum, the cultural center adjoins the 18-story James K. Polk Office Tower.
The performance venues at TPAC are Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075), Andrew Johnson Theater (256) and War Memorial Auditorium (1,661), the historic landmark located across 6th Avenue from the Center. Among its many operations, TPAC presents a series of Broadway shows, special engagements and administers a comprehensive education program.
TPAC is also home to three resident performing arts organizations: Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. Presenting their work on the stages of TPAC, all of these organizations are independent of the center.
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Karla (KB) Burnett is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Life. She loves coffee and donuts. She is a Nashville Native and Lifestyle Blogger; a Free Spirit, and a Music Lover. Be sure to follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can listen to her as she co-hosts “The Scenario Radio Show” by downloading the app “Radio Free Nashville” or streaming the archives on Facebook.com/The ScenarioRadio Show. Say hi, I’ll say hi back: firstname.lastname@example.org