Review: Something Rotten! At Des Moines Performing Arts

Don’t let the title Something Rotten! fool you.  This touring Broadway musical makes for an extremely funny theatrical experience.

It’s anything but rotten… and is a great way for the Des Moines Civic Center to kick off the 2017-18 Willis Broadway Series.  My wife and I were fortunate enough to be invited to opening night, Tuesday, October 17, 2017.Something Rotten! is set in the 1590’s.  No, that’s not a typo. It really does take place in the 1590’s.  A time when William Shakespeare was “rock star” famous… and two aspiring playwright brothers wanted a little piece of that fame.

They set out to make a name for themselves by creating the very first theatrical production to combine song and dance with acting. That’s right, they were attempting to make the world’s first musical.

Something Rotten! is brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny.  I honestly can’t remember the last time my wife and I laughed so hard. We weren’t alone either.

The nearly sold out, opening night audience was laughing right along with us and was quick to reward the cast with a  standing ovation during the curtain call at the end of the night.If you’ve never been to a musical before and don’t really know much about Shakespeare you’ll enjoy this show.  On the other hand, if you’re a fan of musical theatre and have a general knowledge of Shakespeare you will absolutely love this show.

There are so many jokes, musical riffs, and borrowed lines from popular musicals that hardly a moment goes by without a laugh.  In fact, I’d really like to see this show again sometime because I’m sure there are some that I missed.

The talented singing and dancing was an equal match to the comedy.  This show is loaded with lots of great music and the actors performed it all flawlessly, all while in most cases dancing too. If you’re a fan of tap dancing, like I am, there’s a scene that you will really enjoy!

There are a few swear words sprinkled in but they are well timed comedically and aren’t over the top.  A lot of the humor is innuendo-based so younger theatre-goers might not get it all.

While there’s nothing inappropriate I’d say this show is best suited for middle school aged kids and older.

If you’re looking for a two-hour diversion from the world… one that will have you laughing and leaving with a smile on your face… Something Rotten! is the show for you!

Something Rotten! runs through Sunday, October 15th and the Des Moines Civic Center. You can learn more about the show and get tickets on the Des Moines Performing Arts website.

***Disclaimer – I was provided with free press night tickets.  All opinions are my own.

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