Hollywood audiences appreciate theater as much as New York or London. That was proven once again at the premiere of the Broadway hit “Something Rotten,” this week at the esteemed Ahmanson Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Hysterical, irreverent, slap sticky, showbiz savvy with show stopping songs, with an exuberant cast, the show got a rapturous reception from the crowd.
“Something Rotten” playfully skewers Shakespeare, rewriting history telling the tale that the Bard ripped off his best lines from the Bottom brothers. The cast is superb. Rob McClure as Nick Bottom, Adam Pascal as Shakespeare, Josh Grisetti as Nigel Bottom, Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus and Autumn Hurlbert as Portia, are simply beyond terrific.
Just as in New York, the brilliant first act blockbuster “A Musical,” number got the audience up for a rare mid show standing ovation. Director-Choreographer Casey Nicholaw gets it all right, with this fast pace punchy crowd pleasing musical. “Something Rotten!” which runs till Dec 31st, is cockeyed and crazy; one of the most enjoyable, deliriously fun and entertaining musicals ever.