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Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer & Catherine Brunell Will Step Into SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Lead Roles This Summer

Broadway's smash hit musical comedy Something Rotten! will welcome three new principal cast members beginning Monday, July 18 as the ten-time Tony Award-nominated show enters its second year at Broadway's St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).

Theatre World Award winner Josh Grisetti (It Shoulda Been You, Rent at New World Stages, Enter Laughing), Lortel Award winner Leslie Kritzer (The Robber Bridegroom, Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim), and Catherine Brunell (Something Rotten!, LES MISERABLES, Thoroughly Modern Millie), will begin performances on Monday, July 18 as "Nigel Bottom," "Bea," and "Portia," respectively, joining Tony Award nominee Rob McClure (Chaplin, Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off) who assumes the role of "Nick Bottom" on Thursday, June 2. John Cariani, Kate Reinders, and Heidi Blickenstaff will play their final performances on Saturday, July 16.

The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, is playing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44 Street).

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights 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 (d'Arcy James) and Nigel Bottom (Cariani) are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as "The Bard" (Borle). 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!

Something Rotten! currently stars three-time Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek, Spotlight), two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony Award nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof), Heidi Blickenstaff ([title of show]), two-time Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders (Wicked), David Beach (It's Only a Play, Fish in the Dark, Mamma Mia!), Edward Hibbert (It Shoulda Been You, The Drowsy Chaperone, "Frasier"), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and André Ward (Rock of Ages, Xanadu).

Something Rotten! is produced by Kevin McCollum, Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Mastro/Goodman, Jerry and Ronald Frankel, Morris Berchard, Kyodo Tokyo Inc., Wendy Federman, Barbara Freitag, LAMS Productions, Winkler/DeSimone, Timothy Laczynski, Dan Markley, Harris/Karmazin, JAM Theatricals, Robert Greenblatt and Jujamcyn Theaters.

Tickets to Something Rotten! are on sale at, by calling 877-250-2929 and in person at The St. James Theatre box office (246 West 44th Street).

JOSH GRISETTI (Nigel Bottom). Broadway: It Shoulda Been You (Clarence Derwent Award winner; Drama Desk & OCC nominations), Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. Off-Broadway: Enter Laughing (Theatre World Award winner; Drama Desk, OCC, Drama League and Lortel nominations), Rent, Peter and the Starcatcher, Red Eye of Love, Candida, After the Ball. Favorite Regional: My Paris (Long Wharf), Diner (Signature Theatre), Camelot (Kennedy Center), How to Succeed... (Los Angeles Ovation Award & Garland Award winner), Spamalot (Las Vegas). TV: "The Gates," "Nurse Jackie," "The Knights of Prosperity" and others. Film: The Immigrant, Revolutionary Road, The Namesake and others. Twitter/Instagram: @joshgrisetti

LESLIE KRITZER (Bea) was most recently seen in The Roundabout Theater Company's revival of The Robber Bridegroom (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League Award Nomination, Astaire Award Nomination). Broadway: Elf, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Catered Affair (Drama Desk Nomination), Legally Blonde (Clarence Derwent Award), Hairspray. Select Off-Broadway: Gigantic (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Nobody Loves You, On The Town ( City Center Encores!), Memory Show, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Drama Desk Nomination), ROOMS a rock romance (OCC Nomination). Solo shows: Leslie Kritzer is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches (Time Out NY Award), Beautiful Disaster. She is currently recurring on the HBO series "VINYL."

CATHERINE BRUNELL (Portia). Broadway: LES MISERABLES (Eponine), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Cora, Original Broadway Cast), Big River (revival with Deaf West), A Tale of Two Cities, Mary Poppins, ELF. National tours: LES MISERABLES, Big River (Mary Jane). Principal roles at Williamstown (Anything Goes), Old Globe (Paramour), Paper Mill (A Wonderful Life), MUNY (My Fair Lady, Oklahoma, Roman Holiday) Ford's Theatre (Big River). TV: NBC's "Sound of Music LIVE!" (Frau Zeller), "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" (Jenny). Training: Northwestern University. NYC Marathoner.

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