Something Rotten

Something Rotten

Something Rotten
Fox Theater: Something Rotten
I had heard that Something Rotten was a really good Broadway show, and this weekend we saw it at the Fox Theater. I love going to the Fox if for no other reason than simply to be at the Fox. This historic theater itself is just fantastic, gorgeous, robust in personality and flare. But my post is really about the show, not the theater.

Fox Theater Floor Lamp
Fox Theater Floor Lamp

The show, Something Rotten, was superb! One of my dear friends, Mark, has been to over 300 Broadway shows, and he states that Something Rotten is in his top five. I certainly can see why, and that tells you all you need to know about the show! It’s witty, funny, bawdy in a delightfully humorous (should we say Shakespearean) sort of way, and very, very clever. The writers pay tribute to and make fun of the musical genre and Shakespeare all in one show. I’ve read that that the musical quotes from 20 other musicals, but we caught any number of references not listed in their list. And you have to be on your toes because the references are blisteringly fast, sometimes just one carefully presented word kind of fast!

Fox Theater Decor
Fox Theater Decor

One of the things I also really enjoyed was the Atlanta audience’s delightful appreciation for the more sophisticated humor presented in the musical. The audience really was right there snapping up every clever turn of phrase. People loved this performance.

And not only is Something Rotten a great show, it was exceptionally well-performed. The actor who played Shakespeare in the original performances (Adam Pascal) is the actor playing the part on tour. The three main characters were brilliant performers. All of the actors, with one minor exception1, were at the top of their game: great voices, clear articulation2, great dancing, and fabulous characterizations. I wondered how much of the characterizations were scripted versus the actors’ interpretation of the character.

Fox Theater Decor
Fox Theater Decor

This troupe really brought the show to life on the stage at the Fox. No, I take that back, it was larger than life. A blast. Delightful! If it’s still running, don’t miss it. Something Rotten is full of belly laughs. Tim more than just likes, he highly recommends this show!

I dare say this may well end up being our favorite show of the season.

Aside: all pf the photos in this post were shot handheld with my iPhone X without a flash. I used the Moment 170º wide angle lens on the phone. Kind of crazy what you can do now with a smartphone camera.


  1. Whose voice was just not of the same caliber as the other performers 

  2. Hat tip to the flawless technical sound production team!! Combined with the skill of the performers, you could easily hear and understand almost everything, which is not always the case in our seats.