A new show is set to take Side Show‘s place in Broadway’s St. James Theatre: Something Rotten! a musical comedy about musical comedy in the time of Shakespeare is set to begin previews in March, the show’s producer announced today.
Something Rotten!, a world premiere set to be directed by The Book of Mormon director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, tells the story of struggling playwright brothers in the 1590s. Per the announcement: “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!” The show features music and lyrics from brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and author John O’Farrell. Wayne has written songs for Eric Clapton and Garth Brooks, Karey’s screenwriting credits include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Chicken Run. Nicholaw’s credits include directing and choreographing Aladdin; he co-directed The Book of Mormon with Trey Parker and choreographed that show.
Casting has yet to be announced, but Christian Borle and Brian d’Arcy James participated in a workshop of the show, according to Playbill. The show was originally supposed to premiere in 2015 at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, but scrapped those plans for Broadway.
The show will begin previews March 23 and open April 22. The St. James will be vacated by the short-lived reboot of Side Show in January.