Something Rotten | SEPTEMBER 4-13

Music & Lyrics by Wayne & Karey Kirkpatrick

Book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O'Farrell


Directed by Joel Schlader

Music Direction by Mark Dietrich

Choreography by Sarah Pon & Blake Hennessy-York


Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten.  Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving several Best Musical nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".


Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "The Bard." 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. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.


Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.  Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences... in the beginning of the first act!  It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” so don’t miss this history-twisting musical on Woodminster's stage.


Showing September 4-6, 10-13 at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland's Joaquin Miller Park. Thursday and Sunday performances at 7pm, Friday and Saturday performances at 8pm.


Runtime: 2 hours 35 minutes

Intermission: 15 minutes


We will be providing open captioning at the September 12 & 13 performances. Hearing devices and printed scripts will be available at both the upper and lower entrances for all performance dates. Click here for more info.


Something Rotten is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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