Wednesday, December 17, 2014

St. James Theatre Has New Tenant

With last week's news of Side Show's closing, the theater's owners have shown a quick turnaround.  The theatre has already booked and announced its next tenant.  A new musical, Something Rotten, will have its world premier at the Broadway house.  The show had a developmental lab this past October and was going to have a run in Seattle, but it will now be skipping that step and going straight to Broadway.  The show is being directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw and will begin previews on March 23rd, with opening night set for April 22nd.  Here's how the show is being billed:  "Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as 'The Bard'.  When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the very first musical.  But amid the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self … and all that jazz."

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