VIDEO: Christian Borle & Cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN Perform 'Hard To Be The Bard'
On Thanksgiving Day, TLC aired BROADWAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, an all day symposium on careers in the theater created especially for deserving high school students. The day was hosted by Matthew Morrison, currently starring in Broadway's Finding Neverland and Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth and included such Broadway stars as Andrew Lloyd Webber, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Christian Borle, Cicely Tyson, Laura Michelle Kelly and performances by the casts of Finding Neverland, Fun Home, An American in Paris, On Your Feet!, and School of Rock.
Below, watch Tony Award winner Christian Borle and the cast of Broadway's SOMETHING ROTTEN perform the hilarious number "Hard To Be The Bard".
The completely original, ten-time Tony Award-nominated new musical comedySomething Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award®winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrickand a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell, is now playing on Broadway at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street).
Something Rotten! stars three-time Tony Award nominee Brian d'Arcy James(Shrek), two-time Tony Award winnerChristian 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), Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Peter Bartlett (Cinderella), Gerry Vichi (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Michael James Scott (The Book of Mormon).
Something Rotten!'s ensemble features Matt Allen (Honeymoon in Vegas, The Wedding Singer), Elizabeth Earley(Mary Poppins tour), Eric Giancola (The Book of Mormon), Linda Griffin (The Drowsy Chaperone), David Hibbard (Elf),Jenny Hill(Spamalot), Stacey Todd Holt (Rocky), Courtney Iventosch (Wicked tour), Aaron Kaburick (Motown The Musical), Austin Lesch (Violet), Beth Johnson Nicely(Bullets Over Broadway), Aleks Pevec (Aladdin), Angie Schworer(Big Fish), Eric Sciotto (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Brian Shepard (Young Frankenstein),Chelsea Morgan Stock (Sister Act), Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie), Matt Wall (Annie),Marisha Wallace (Aladdin), and Bud Weber (Aladdin).
The award-winning design team of Broadway veterans includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Gregg Barnes (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design), Josh Marquette (hair design), Phil Reno (music direction / conductor), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations) and casting by Telsey + Company/Bethany Knox, CSA.
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.
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!