VIDEO: How Many Broadway Hits Can You Spot In SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s 'A Musical'?

By: Mar. 31, 2016
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When you think of the thrilling showstoppers staged by Broadway's great director/choreographers you may recall the imaginative dances and explosive builds created by Tommy Tune in GRAND HOTEL's "We'll Take A Glass Together," Michael Bennett in PROMISES, PROMISES' "Turkey Lurkey Time," or Bob Fosse in SWEET CHARITY's "If My Friends Could See Me Now."

But Casey Nicholaw is that rare director/choreographer who can consistently throw great comedy into the mix, which is certainly proven in his current trio of hits, THE BOOK OF MORMON, ALADDIN and SOMETHING ROTTEN!.

Of course, you can't have great comedy without great writing and in one of Broadway's funniest showstoppers, composer/lyricists Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick earn big laughs by referencing numerous Broadway hits into one big number called, "A Musical."

In case you haven't heard, the set-up is that struggling Elizabethan playwright Nick Bottom (Brian d'Arcy James) consults soothsayer Thomas Nostradamus (Brad Oscar) to find out what forms of theatre will be popular in the future. See how many references you can catch in this abridged video of rousing crowd-pleaser.

Musical References in "A Musical" from SOMETHING ROTTEN!

How many Broadway references do you know? Take the "A Musical" challenge! #SomethingRotten

Posted by Something Rotten on Broadway on Thursday, March 31, 2016

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!'s ensemble features Matt Allen (Honeymoon in Vegas, The Wedding Singer), Elizabeth Earley (Mary Poppins tour), Eric Giancola (The Book of Mormon), David Hibbard (Elf), Jenny Hill (Spamalot),Courtney Iventosch (Wicked tour), Aaron Kaburick (Motown The Musical), Tari Kelly (Anything Goes), 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), Brendon Stimson (Honeymoon in Vegas, Newsies),Chelsea Morgan Stock (Sister Act), Ryan VanDenBoom (Annie), Matt Wall (Annie), Marisha Wallace (Aladdin), andBud 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.