The geeking continues with the terrific cast recording, featuring a tuneful score by the Kirkpatrick brothers, who brought their first score to the Big Time. Maybe "Tuneful" doesn't quite capture it...maybe earworm-ful score is more like it. Whenever I listen to it, it takes days to get "Welcome to the Renaissance" out of my head.
|"Welcome to the Renaissance"|
For me, the stand out numbers include Blickenstaff's tour-de-force, "Right Hand Man," both of Borle's ego-driven romps, "Will Power" and "Hard to Be the Bard," and d'Arcy James/Cariani's numbers "God, I Hate Shakespeare" and "To Thine Own Self." But the most fun to listen to, without the need for visuals is the awesome "A Musical." It's the ultimate meta "in joke" for theater geeks. I love the lyrics (all so true) and picking out all the lyric and musical references to great musicals.
And there are worse things than humming "Welcome to the Renaissance," I suppose.
FUN FACTS ABOUT SOMETHING ROTTEN:
- The show ran for 32 previews and 708 performances, opening April 22, 2015 at the St. James Theatre, closing there on January 1, 2017.
- Something Rotten was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning one - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, Christian Borle (Shakespeare).
- The show was conceived, written and composed by American brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, with the book co-written by Englishman John O'Farrell.
- To date, this is the only Broadway show that features Nostradamus as a character.
Here's a look back at the show:
(Left) John Cariani, Briab d'Arcy James
(Right) Brooks Ashmanskas, Kate Reinders
|Heidi Blickenstaff, Brian d'Arcy James|
|Shakespeare! Christian Borle and the Men|
Brian d'Arcy James, Brad Oscar and Company