Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes:
Playbill.com reports that “Something Rotten” — a world premiere musical slated for April 29 to May 24, 2015, at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre — may bypass Seattle and go straight to Broadway in early 2015.
Reached for comment Saturday, executive producer and artistic director David Armstrong said, “There’s discussion around that possibility. It’s not confirmed at this point.” The 5th Avenue is expected to make a complete announcement in the next few days. In the meantime, the theater is still selling tickets to the show on its website.
“Something Rotten” is a musical comedy about two Renaissance writers who, unable to compete with William Shakespeare on his own terms, invent the first musical. The show was co-written by screenwriter-film director Karey Kirkpatrick and British author John O’Farrell, with a score by Kirkpatrick and his brother Wayne Kirkpatrick. Director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw (“Disney’s Aladdin,” “Book of Mormon”) is also attached to the production.
The New York Times says “Something Rotten’s” move to Broadway has been precipitated by the upcoming closure of “Side Show” — “the fastest flop of the fall Broadway season.” It reports that “Something Rotten” will take “Side Show’s” place at the St. James Theatre.