Mar 4, 2023
200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell
Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Conceived by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick
March 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m.
March 5 at 2 p.m.
E.C. Mabie Theatre, UI Theatre Building
1595, London: Nick Bottom longs to write a hit play with his brother Nigel and break out of the shadow of The Bard. Hiring a soothsayer, Nick learns that the most fantastic thing that will ever grace the stage is something called “a musical!” When Nick desires more and more insight into what will make his show a success, and Nigel discovers a forbidden love, the brothers must discover the meaning of “to thine own self be true.” Something Rotten—the 2015 hit musical by Karey Kirkpatrick, Wayne Kirkpatrick, and John O’Farrell—combines Shakespeare and musical theatre to create a joyful, hilarious, tap-happy satire about authenticity and dreaming big in Renaissance England.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
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