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Something Rotten!

  • Eisenhower Auditorium The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA 16802 (map)

The Center for the Performing Arts presents "Something Rotten",  an original musical comedy, with book by John O'Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick, and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick. The story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare. The show includes references to numerous musicals."Theater Mania" notes that the song "A Musical", "...encapsulates the entire book-musical form in six hilarious minutes. It's so chock-full of witty references and energetic dance; it's hard to see how it could be topped." "Variety" points out that the song "A Musical" "simultaneously celebrates and sends up everything we hold dear about this peculiar art form, from the 'jazzy hands' of Bob Fosse to the synchronized line dancing of the Rockettes."

"SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “Broadway’s big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. 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! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York magazine)."--- Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets are required (online or phone 1-800-ARTS-TIX or 814-863-0255). Limited complementary tickets may be available; phone Joi McKensie at at the CPA box office, 814-865-5011, to inquire. Reservations are also necessary for the AD service; please contact the SLSG office ( or phone 814-238-0132) by October 24. Please arrive by 7 pm to obtain your equipment and to listen to valuable pre-show information. Run time for the show is 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.



Earlier Event: October 17
Ballet Hispanico
Later Event: December 9
The Nutcracker (Nittany Ballet)