Photo Flash: Mark Ballas Visits His 'Theater Hero' Brian d'Arcy James at SOMETHING ROTTEN!

By: May. 31, 2015
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Mark Ballas recently stopped by the St. James Theatre to see SOMETHING ROTTEN! After the show, the DANCING WITH THE STARS alumnus ducked backstage to pose for a picture with the Tony-nominated leading man, Brian d'Arcy James. Check out the photo of the two below!

Following the performance, Ballas took to Twitter (@MarkBallas) to rave.

"Theatre lovers @RottenBroadway is a MUST SEE," he writes. "Excellent music & absolutely hilarious. @briandarcyjames & cast are phenomenal. #theatrenerd"

SOMETHING ROTTEN!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, has been nominated for a whopping ten Tony Awards.

Something Rotten! stars Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Shrek), Tony Award winnerChristian Borle (Peter and the Starcatcher), Tony Award nominee John Cariani (Fiddler on the Roof),Heidi Blickenstaff([title of show]), Tony Award nominee Brad Oscar (The Producers), Kate Reinders(Wicked), Tony Award nomineeBrooks Ashmanskas(Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me),Peter Bartlett(Cinderella), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and MichaelJames Scott (The Book of Mormon).

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 (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.

Photo credit: Mark Ballas/Twitter

Something Rotten!
Mark Ballas, Brian d'Arcy James
@MarkBallas: Got 2 see 1 of my theatre heros @briandarcyjames live in action last night in @RottenBroadway simply phenomenal