“Something Rotten!”: My FT Review

I wish I could say it is something wonderful, but that of course would be the new production of “The King and I” that’s just opened at Lincoln Center Theater. As for my Financial Times review of “Something Rotten!,” here’s my opening graf: ‘“God, I hate Shakespeare” sings Nick Bottom, a playwright at the centre of the new musical “Something Rotten!”. Given that the Bard depicted in this Elizabethan romp is a preening twit who steals shamelessly from other artists, the derision makes sense. By the time this initially delightful, eventually repetitive Broadway extravaganza ends, you too may feel a slight impatience not only with Shakespeare but with the entire musical theatre genre.’

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