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Something Rotten! in San Francisco

Kaitlin McCarthy, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

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Calling all Broadway fans! On August 15th, Something Rotten! Written by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’ Farrell (Music by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick) opened at the SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Something Rotten! is a comedy that takes place in the 1590s when William Shakespeare “The Bard,” was at his height of fame. It follows the story of two brothers, Nick and Nigel Bottom, who set out to overshadow Shakespeare and write the world’s very first musical. This production portrays Shakespeare as an Elvis type character, and those who read his react much like we would at our favorite artists’ concerts. References to other classical and new popular Broadway shows are made within the production, which theatre goers can enjoy and appreciate. Through troubleshooting and settling their own differences, the Bottom brothers do write a musical, but it does not nearly end up how you think it would. The cast includes actors such as Adam Pascal (Shakespeare), Josh Grisetti (Nigel Bottom, OBC) and Rob McClure (Nick Bottom, OBC). TV credits for Mr. McClure include ‘Person of Interest” and “Elementary”. You definitely don’t want to miss an opportunity to see this production. Time is running out too! Something Rotten runs until September 10th. If you can’t make it, mark you calendars for An American in Paris, coming to the Orpheum Theatre from September 12th to October 8th.

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Kaitlin McCarthy, Assistant Arts and Life Editor

Kaitlin is so excited to return to The Catalyst for her sophomore year! She hopes to pursue journalism and writing in college and beyond. In her free time,...

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