Last night I had the pleasure of attending the musical Something Rotten at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. I had never had the opportunity to see the show in person but I was familiar with the story line and the music. I was not disappointed in the high energy hilarity delivered to me over the next two hours.
Something Rotten In The City Of Orlando
The show opens with a minstrel setting the time, place, and back story of the musical with a rousing number of song and dance. One has to listen carefully because right from the start the music and words are fast paced and slip between the speech of Old England and that of today. It is also very helpful but not necessary if the audience has a knowledge of musical theater for there are a lot of snippets from musical theater that enhance the entire show and lend to the parody on William Shakespeare.
This show has it all, a love story, adversity, comedy and relevancy and the performers were able to engage the audience with their dialog, punchlines, song and dance. I especially loved the choreography and the use of very proficient tap. The scenery was well done and yet easily moved as it took your imagination back to what it might have looked like in Old England. The costuming was colorful and a bit risqué but appropriate for the show.
All in all it was a great show and I would highly recommend it. It plays well for the young adult and adult audience. You can purchase tickets to Something Rotten now at DrPhillipsCenter.org for shows playing April 24-29th.