From the co-director of "The Book of Mormon" and the producer of "Avenue Q" comes a no-holds-Bard deliciously loopy celebration of the greatest English playwright and the greatest American art form. Music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John OFarrell. It's the 1590s in London, and brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, but they are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare. 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 worlds very first MUSICAL. 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 everythings better with an exclamation point!
Ages: 12 and older
Musical Theatre West Frequently Asked Questions
What shows are coming up next at Musical Theatre West
Where is Musical Theatre West located?
Musical Theatre West is at 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, CA.
What shows have played recently at Musical Theatre West
Damn Yankees (10/14/22-10/30/22)
Holiday Inn (12/6/19-12/22/19)
Something Rotten! (10/18/19-11/3/19)
ELF-THE MUSICAL (11/30/18-12/9/18)
THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (8/19/18-8/19/18)
DO RE MI (6/3/18-6/3/18)
White Christmas (12/1/17-12/10/17)
Once Upon a Mattress (11/19/17-11/19/17)
What is the history of Musical Theatre West ?
The story of Musical Theatre West is the 70-year journey from a group of volunteers performing in a high school auditorium to one of the largest and most respected theatrical production companies in Southern California. Beginning as the Whittier Civic Light Opera in 1952, the company originally produced two shows a year for just two days each, back when shows like RIO RITA and THE RED MILL were still in vogue. During most of the 1960s and 1970s, the group remained an all-volunteer effort, producing one show a year. Back then tickets were sold at Hinshaw’s and Myers department stores and could be had for all of $1.50 (75 cents for children)! In 1977 the group moved to the brand-new La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts and began to produce a full season of shows.