Breaking News - SOMETHING ROTTEN! to Skip Seattle and Open at the St. James Theatre in Spring 2015; Casey Nicholaw Set to Direct!
This just in! Producer Kevin McCollum has just announced that Something Rotten!, a completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy -winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, will begin previews March 23 and officially open April 22, 2015 at Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).
According to press notes, "Hear Ye, Broadway! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original... something fresh... Something Rotten!, a world-premiere musical comedy about the musical comedy that started it all.
Welcome to the '90s - the 1590s - long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as "The Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self... and all that jazz.
With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals - those dazzling creations that entertain us, inspire us, and remind us that everything's better with an exclamation point!"
To celebrate the year that Something Rotten! is set, $15.95 tickets for every seat for the first three performances of the new musical from Monday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 25, 2015 will be on sale beginning Friday, December 19 at 8:00am the St. James Theatre box office as well as online at www.telecharge.com. Only tickets for the first three performances will be sold beginning Friday, additional on sale and ticketing information will be announced shortly.
$15.95 tickets subject to availability. Applicable only to specified performance date and times. All sales final; no refund or exchanges. Seating restrictions may apply. Telephone /internet orders subject to Telecharge.com service fees. Prices subject to change and offer may be revoked at any time. Limit 4 tickets per order.
Casting and additional creative team will be announced shortly.
Casey Nicholaw is currently represented on Broadway as co-director and choreographer of The Book of Mormon for which he was honored with 2011 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as co-director with Trey Parker while receiving the same nominations for his choreography, and as director and choreographer of Disney's hit musical Aladdin for which he received 2014 Tony,® Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Best Choreography nominations.
Grammy Award® winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick's Top Ten hits include "Change the World" by Eric Clapton which was named Song of the Year, "Every Heartbeat" and "Good For Me" by Amy Grant, "Wrapped Up In You" by Garth Brooks and "Place In This World" by Michael W. Smith.
Screenwriter and composer Karey Kirkpatrick wrote the hit film Chicken Run (Golden Globe Award® nominee) and his other feature credits include James and the Giant Peach, Charlotte's Web, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Over the Hedge which he also co-directed.
John O'Farrell is one of the UK's leading comic authors and script writers whose best selling works include The Best a Man Can Get, May Contain Nuts, The Man Who Forgot His Wife, and An Utterly Impartial History of Britain as well as three collections of his satirical columns for The Guardian newspaper. He was lead writer on Britain's hit comedy series "Spitting Image" (ITV) and "Have I Got News For You" (BBC). His books have been translated in over 25 languages and adapted for BBC Radio and television.
Producer Kevin McCollum received three Best Musical Tony Awards® for the original musicals In the Heights, Avenue Q and Rent, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize® for Drama. His production of the original musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone received five Tony Awards. He is currently represented on Broadway with the smash hit Motown the Musical, also on tour across the country and set to open in London's West End in 2016, and is also producing the new play Hand to God on Broadway this spring.
CASEY NICHOLAW (Director, Choreographer). Currently represented on Broadway as director and choreographer of Disney's Aladdin (2014 Tony,® Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Award nominations Best Choreography), co-director and choreographer of The Book of Mormon (2011 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards as co-director with Trey Parker receiving the same nominations for choreography). Other Broadway credits as director/choreographer: Elf: The Musical; The Drowsy Chaperone (2006 Tony®, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Monty Python's Spamalot directed by Mike Nichols (2005 Tony®, Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations Best Choreography). Additional New York credits: for City Center Encores! - highly acclaimed productions of Anyone Can Whistle and Follies (direction/choreography), Bye Bye Birdie (choreography) andCan-Can (musical staging); for New York Philharmonic - Candide; South Pacific at Carnegie Hall (also on PBS Great Performances), Sinatra: His Voice, His World, His Way at Radio City Music Hall. He directed and choreographed the world premieres of Minsky's at Center Theater Group and Robin and the 7 Hoods at the Old Globe.
WAYNE KIRKPATRICK (Music and Lyrics) Grammy Award® winning songwriter of "Change the World" by Eric Clapton (Song of the Year). Other Top Ten singles include "Every Heartbeat," "Good For Me" (Amy Grant); "Wrapped Up In You" (Garth Brooks); "Place In This World" (Michael W. Smith); "My, Oh, My" (The Wreckers); writer and producer of three albums by Little Big Town, including hits "Boondock," "Bring It On Home," "A Little More You" and "Little White Church;" musician and music Director for Amy Grant's House of Loveinternational tour. He has written in pop, rock, country, R&B, Americana and alternative formats, having songs recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Wynonna Judd, Joe Cocker, Gabe Dixon, George Strait, Mindy Smith, Trisha Yearwood, Babyface, Peter Frampton and songs on the last three Bonnie Raitt albums which yielded the singles "I Can't Help You Now," "I Will Not Be Broken" and "Take My Love With You." His songs have been featured in films such as Almost Famous ("You Had to Be There," "Hour of Need") and Tin Cup ("It Don't Matter to the Sun") as well as television shows such as "Gray's Anatomy," "Hart of Dixie" and "Nashville" as well as the national Dr. Pepper jingle, "Be You, Do What You Do", performed by Garth Brooks.
KAREY KIRKPATRICK (Book, Music & Lyrics) began his career as a screen and songwriter for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he penned The Rescuers Down Under andJames and the Giant Peach. Additional film credits include Chicken Run (Golden Globe Award® nominee for Outstanding Comedy Film), Charlotte's Web, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, The Spiderwick Chronicles and Over the Hedge which he also co-directed. He directed the Paramount Pictures feature film Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy and also co-produced and performed on the film's soundtrack.
JOHN O'FARRELL (Book) is one of the UK's best known comic authors and script writers. Best-selling novels include The Best a Man Can Get, This is Your Life, May Contain Nutsand The Man Who Forgot His Wife. Non-fiction includes An Utterly Impartial History of Britain and Things Can Only Get Better and three collections of his satirical columns for The Guardian newspaper. His books have been translated in over 25 languages and been adapted for BBC Radio and television. Founded the UK's first daily satire website Newsbiscuit, staff writer and later panelist on the BBC's "Have I Got News For You," a lead writer on ITV's "Spitting Image." Currently writing a screenplay with Nick Park for Aardman Animations having just completed his fifth novel.
KEVIN MCCOLLUM (Producer) received three Tony Awards® for Best Musical for In the Heights (2008), Avenue Q (2004) and Rent (1996), which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and made into a major motion picture. He also produced Motown the Musical (Broadway and Tour), The Drowsy Chaperone (five 2006 Tony Awards®), Baz Luhrmann's La Bohéme (two 2002 Tony Awards®), West Side Story (2009), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2001), [title of show] (2008), the Broadway debut stage production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, and the Off-Broadway hit De La Guarda. Upcoming credits include Hand to God on Broadway in Spring 2015. McCollum was trained at the University of Cincinnati's Conservatory of Music and earned his Master's degree in film producing from the Peter Stark Program at the University of Southern California. In 1995, he received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Commercial Theatre Producing. McCollum received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati, in 2005.