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Bottom brothers take on Shakespeare in touring Broadway’s ‘Something Rotten!’ Nov. 7 at Eisenhower

The completely original new musical “Something Rotten!,” originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw (“Mean Girls,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Aladdin”), comes to Penn State for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including best musical, “Something Rotten!” isa deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that brings down the house!” (New York Post).

The touring Broadway show features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony nominee Karey Kirkpatrick, plus a book by Tony nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell.

Purchase tickets, which are $68 and $59 for an adult, $50 and $41 for a University Park student, and $51 and $42 for a person 18 and younger. A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

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 supervision), Glen Kelly (arrangements), Larry Hochman (orchestrations), Steve Bebout (associate director), Brian P. Kennedy (associate music supervision) and casting by Wojcik | Seay Casting.

This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical. With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful ... something for everyone ... . It’s “Something Rotten!,” “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York).

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!” was originally produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, Broadway Global Ventures, CMC, Mastro/Goodman, Jerry & 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. 

Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra cost to ticket holders. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct. 24. To reserve the service, phone 814-238-0132.

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Northwest sponsors the presentation.