Something Rotten!

Something Rotten!
Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.



Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten.  Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".

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 rock star known as "The Bard." 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. But amidst 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.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.  Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences... in the beginning of the first act!  It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” so don’t miss your chance to bring this history-twisting tale to your stage.

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Restrictions may apply. Not available in the UK or Australia.

Concert Selections for Something Rotten!

MTI is pleased to provide the pre-approved rental materials of select songs for your symphonic concert performance. Please note, MTI is unable to grant the necessary Performance Rights with this material rental. The Performance Rights needed must be obtained separately through the individual song’s respective small rights agency such as ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC. Please email concerts@mtishows.com with any questions.

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  • A MUSICAL
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    SOMETHING ROTTEN!
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
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    Music by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Lyrics by
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Orchestrated by
    Larry Hochman
    Arranged by
    Glen Kelly
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    SOMETHING ROTTEN!
    First Performance Fee:
    $175
    Each Additional Performance:
    $100
    Type
    SHOW EXTRACTION
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    Music by
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
    Lyrics by
    Karey Kirkpatrick
    Wayne Kirkpatrick
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Play those hard-to-find Keyboard/Synthesizer sounds with specially created patches integral to the orchestration. 

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Stage Manager Scripts

Facilitate cueing, blocking and all of your production needs with this customizable copy of the libretto. 

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Transpositions On Demand

Change the key of any song and optimize your performer’s vocal range.

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Questions & Answers

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Is Something Rotten available in NZ for 2022?
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April 22, 2020
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Restricted in the US?

Since the website language says that Something Rotten is not available in the UK or Australia, I was wondering what the nature of restrictions on the title would be in the US? Are those restrictions any different for schools/companies in Manhattan?

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February 24, 2020
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Switch gender of Minstrel?

Would it be possible to have the Minstrel played by a woman? This would increase the number of feamle lead/featured roles from 2 to 3, making it much more producable for schools.

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February 19, 2020
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Does MTI have any approved cuts or changes that would make the show more appropriate for a traditional school's audience? I love the show, but I know there are a few lines that my administration would balk at.

When we did SPAMALOT, the company that held the licenses for it offered some alternatives for some of the more racy material.  Any chance MTI will do that for SOMETHING ROTTEN?

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January 30, 2020
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Is Something Rotten too racy for a high school production?

Is Something Rotten too racy for a high school production?

 

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January 24, 2020
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Something Rotten release

It says it releases "Winter 2020". Does that mean January/February 2020 or does that mean it won't be available until December.

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September 17, 2019
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Something rotten rights

Hey there!
After a long summer I managed to translate the show to Dutch. Now I'm wondering when the rights will become public?
Kind regards, Nolle!

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September 11, 2019
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United Kingdom Release date?

Hello MTI. Are there any plans for a UK release of the amateur performing rights for this hilarious piece of musical theatre? We Brits love nothing more than taking the "proverbial" out of ourselves and I would love to be able to put this production to a West Midlands audience.

I eagerly await the day we can and will be the first to sign up.

Thanks.

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July 25, 2019
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When will the educational rights be released for SOMETHING ROTTEN?

I see that Shenandoah has the rights for SOMETHING ROTTEN in October--will they be released shortly after that and if so--is there a way to get on a list to to get the rights?  I would like to do it next Summer (2020)

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April 04, 2019
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Something Rotten Script

Hello,

 

I am a graduate students and have a project assigned where I need to analyze a musical. I wanted to do Something Rotten and was wondering if there was any way to get a preview script? I have no plans to perform it I just need it for the class.

 

Thanks,

Alanna 

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