WEST COAST REGIONAL PREMIERE
FINAL WEEKEND - MUST CLOSE SUNDAY, NOV 3 AT 1pm
Broadway’s Hilarious New Hit.
Welcome to the Renaissance! From the co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Avenue Q comes something original…something fresh…Something Rotten! 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!
Youth Performance Underwriters
JIM & VICKI CUNNINGHAM
RON & SYLVIA HARTMAN
ACKERMAN FAMILY / EVALYN M BAUER FOUNDATION
Music and Lyrics:
WAYNE KIRKPATRICK, KAREY KIRKPATRICK
KAREY KIRKPATRICK, JOHN O’FARRELL
2 HOURS, 20 MINUTES
WITH ONE INTERMISSION
Synopsis: Something Rotten takes place in 1595 London, England. The Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel are trying to find success by writing plays, but are outshined by the rock-star playwright of the Renaissance, William Shakespeare. Desperate to find success Nick gets help from a soothsayer for the next big hit. Then Nostradamus, Nick and Nigel set out to write the next big hit: Omelette: The Musical.
Theme: Over-the-top take on Shakespeare.
Language: There are sexual innuendos.
Smoking, Drinking, and Gambling: No reference to any.
Sex: Suggestive language.
For Which Audiences? Recommended for 9 th grade and higher due to themes and suggestive language.
Rating: If this was a movie, it would be rated PG-13.
Cast & Crew
Leo is thrilled to be returning to the Musical Theatre West stage! Favorite credits include: In the Heights (MTW, Candlelight, VPAC), Legally Blonde (Cupcake), Edges (CSUN), Lee in The London Rose (Let Live). TV: “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Cupcake Wars,” “America’s Got Talent,” and “The Voice.” Special thanks to my family, friends, and Andrew for their continued love and support. For Daniella, my guardian angel. Instagram/Twitter: @LeoAyala94
Antwone is delighted to take part in the energetic-filled production of Something Rotten! His favorite credits include Witness Uganda at The Wallis Annenberg, Tale Of The Lion King (as Simba) with Disneyland Resort, Recorded In Hollywood (as Percy Ivy) at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood, and in Legend Of Bonny Anne (as James Bonny) with S.H.E. LA Festival! He recently worked on a one-year contract with Universal Studios Japan as a Vocalist. Antwone earned a B.F.A. In Musical Theatre at Cal State University of Fullerton. He currently trains with Jen Krater at Krater Studios.
Bernadette is thrilled to make her MTW debut in Something Rotten! Favorite credits: Anytime Annie 42nd Street, Sister Act, Damn Yankees, White Christmas, Crazy for You, My Fair Lady, Chicago, Kate Pirates of Penzance, Martha Hoch Book of Days, Susannah Bedroom Farce, Lisette On the Razzle, Ado-Annie Oklahoma, Lily St. Regis Annie, Kristine A Chorus Line. BA in Theatre from USC. Love to Mom+Dad, Clark, ATB agents! @MsBernadetteB www.bernadettebentley.com
Dedrick is thrilled to make his Musical Theatre West debut! Regional: Ragtime (Pasadena Playhouse); Spamilton (Center Theatre Group); Sister Act (Cabrillo); Little Shop of Horrors (Glendale Center Theatre); The Christians (Center Theatre Group) Ain’t Misbehavin (ICT Long Beach); Tarzan (West Coast Premiere). National Tour: Dreamgirls; Little Shop of Horrors. TV: “The Preachers” FOX 11, recurring). Film: “You Can’t Fight Christmas” (TV One Original); “Mega Church Murder” (Lifetime). Thank you to the amazing cast and crew for sharing the power of storing telling through song and dance!
Beau was most recently seen as the Frankie Valli alternate in Jersey Boys at the Phoenix Theatre Company! Stage: Bonnie & Clyde (Candlelight Pavilion), She Loves Me (Actors Co-Op), Smoke on the Mountain(Lambs Players Theatre), ClaudioQuest (Chance Theatre), Les Miserables (Diamond Head Theatre) and Pirates of Penzance (Kaiser Black Box). TV/Film: “Timeless”(NBC), “Journey to Royal”, “Speak Now”, “Zero Tolerance”. Beau also produces his own films- some of which ("Art Camp”, “Mr Cool”) have premiered in festivals. Host: World Autism Festival (Vancouver), Life Film Festival (Hollywood). Phillipians 3:7 epicbeau.com
Quintan is elated to be back home at MTW! Recent regional credits include: 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor/3DT), Yankee Doodle Dandy (Young Lou/MTW), Grease (Sonny/Studio Tenn). He can also often be seen as everyone’s favorite reindeer in Frozen: Live at the Hyperion at the Disneyland Resort. Quintan’s voice can be heard on MTI’s recordings of Newsies (Romeo, Jack cover), Footloose (Willard), and Chicago (Billy Flynn). Many thanks to the whole Something Rotten team! quintancraig.com
Mia is thrilled to be back with MTW!! She is a NYC native and a former graduate of Laguardia High School of Performing Arts also known as the “Fame School”. Her recent credits include 42nd Street (3D Theatricals), South Pacific ( Culver City Symphony Orchestra), Yankee Doodle Dandy ( MTW), and Singin’ in the Rain ( Candlelight Pavilion). Mia would like to thank the creative team for this amazing opportunity and her family for their love and support.
Chelle is thrilled to be returning to MTW where she was last seen in Sister Act! Other regional credits include Beauty and the Beast (La Mirada), A Year Without a Santana Claus (Troubadour Theater Company), Parade (3-D Theatricals), Spamalot (3-D Theatricals). Chelle graduated from CSUF with her BFA in Musical Theater. When she’s not onstage, she can be found teaching/directing theater in Fullerton’s elementary school classrooms. A special thanks to Josh and the MTW creatives for this amazing opportunity as well as her wonderful team at KMR. Love always to Mom and Dad, Meg, Ruben, and Bubba.
Broadway/National Tours: The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (over 2,000 performances), Whistle Down the Wind, Camelot (w/Richard Burton), Hello, Dolly! (w/Carol Channing). Off-Broadway: The Death of Von Richthofen (The Public), One Two Three Four Five (Manhattan Theatre Club), Assassins (Playwrights Horizons), The Boys from Syracuse (Encores!), Forbidden Broadway. Regional: Man of La Mancha (Ovation Award/MTW/McCoy/Rigby); 42nd Street, Parade (3D); Lend Me A Tenor (McCoy/Rigby); Oliver, Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Spamalot, Les Miserables, The Music Man (MTW); SILENCE! The Musical (LA Weekly Award). Film/TV: “Warlock: The Armageddon”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Desperate Housewives”, “Charmed”, “Chicago Hope”, “Veronica’s Closet”, “Bodies of Evidence”, and “Murder, She Wrote”. www.facebook.com/DavisGainesActor
MTW debut! National Tour: Mamma Mia! (Pepper). Regional: Performance Riverside's Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ching Ho) and Shrek (Pinocchio), 3DT's Seussical, Utah Shakespeare Festival's Guys & Dolls, Sierra Rep's White Christmas, and various shows at Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland Resort, and Honda Center. CSUF B.A. Theatre. Abundance of love and gratitude to my dear friends and family, you are my light and the shell that holds my yolk together. Love Just Love.
Thrilled to be making his MTW debut! Grasan has appeared in 11 Broadway productions. He was featured in the 2018 Tony Award best revival Once On This Island. He was a part of the 2005 original Broadway cast as well as the 2015 Tony, Grammy, Emmy winning revival of The Color Purple. Favorites: Motown, Catch Me If You Can, Aida. Regional: In The Heights [Benny]; MTWichita. One Night In Miami [Sam Cooke]; Center Stage, Dreamgirls [Curtis]; NorthShore. TV: "Mozart in the Jungle," Film: "Aerialist" (2019), "I Am Legend." Juilliard graduate. Grammy and Emmy winner. Co-Founder of @subjecttochangeshop. IG:@gray_sandy
Last seen at MTW in Catch Me If You Can (Cheryl Ann). West coast: Singin' in the Rain (Lina Lamont, Sacramento Music Circus), Dames at Sea (Mona Kent, Sierra Madre), Minnie's Boys (MTG). Off/Off-Off Broadway: Disaster!, A Chorus Line (Cassie, Kudos Award- Actress in a Musical), Convicted; National Tour: Cats (Demeter). Regional: Showboat (Ellie, Goodspeed), Sugar (Sugar, Drury Lane), Mamma Mia (Tanya, Paramount), Chicago (Roxie). Film/Television: "The Dark Knight", "The Blacklist", "Stuck".
Drew is a dancer, singer, and actress from Salinas, California. Selected performance highlights: No No Nanette (Betty), West Side Story (Velma), Shrek The Musical (Fairy Godmother), All Shook Up (Miss Sandra U/S, ensemble), Nine (Lilliane Le Fleur). Education: B.A. in Dance from Loyola Marymount University. Drew looks forward to a year full of storytelling, and is super excited to get to share this moment with you! Love always to Nonnie and the three M’s: Mom, Mark, & Maxxy! drewhaleylake.com @idrewalake
Valerie is elated to be making her Musical Theatre West debut! She has previously portrayed Sophie in Mutthouse the Musical, Kirk Douglas Theatre; the Ulla Cover in Producers, Celebration Theatre; Ensemble Swing in Frozen - Live at the Hyperion. Film/TV: Kathy in “Extreme Measures” Investigative Discovery, Amelia in “The House Sit”. Associate Artistic Director at Beating of Wings Artist Collective. Love and thanks to family, my ATB fam and my Heavenly Father!! IG: vallarsenmedia
Antoine is grateful to be returning to MTW and thrilled you’ve decided to come to the theatre. Regional: Oliver and little mermaid at MTW, Beauty and the Beast, Marry Poppins ,West Side Story, and The Watsons Go to Birmingham. Antoine has also worked with Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group. Thank you to my Family for making it all possible and thank you for supporting live theatre. IG: @AntoineIsHereForYou
Madison is thrilled to be back with Musical Theatre West after previously playing Sarah Brown (Guys & Dolls), Laurey (Oklahoma!), and Cosette (Les Misérabeles) all with MTW! Madison is most well known for starring as Luisa in the Off-Broadway classic The Fantasticks, for over 400 performances! Other favorite roles include; Nellie (South Pacific) with Rubicon Theatre and Clara (The Light In The Piazza) upcoming with Palm Beach Dramaworks. Thank you to the entire cast, crew, incredible creative team, Professional Artists, Ethan, and her amazing family & friends. As always, “for gramma.” www.madisonclaireparks.com | Insta: @maddyparks
Mackenzie is thrilled to be back at MTW after performing in Bright Star last season! National Tour: Annie; NY Theatre: The Liberace Musical at NYMF Regional: Musical Theatre West, La Mirada Theatre, The North American premiere of Tim Rice’s From Here to Eternity at Merry-Go-Round Playhouse. The Atlanta Workshop Players, and The Alliance Theatre. Some favorite credits include: Footloose, Steel Magnolias, and Legally Blonde. Clear Talent Group. Marymount Manhattan Alumni. @Mackperp. Welcome to the Renaissance, huzzah!
Broadway: School of Rock (Dewey), Escape to Margaritaville (Brick, original cast), Shrek: The Musical (Shrek standby), Peter and the Starcatcher (Ted). First National Tours: Shrek: The Musical (Shrek), ... Spelling Bee (William Barfee). Madison Square Garden: Elf (Buddy). Film/TV: Kirstie (series regular), Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, NCIS, CSI, Law & Order, GCB, The Brittany Murphy Story. Disney Channel: Jessie, Sydney To The Max, Kirby Buckets, Pair of Kings. Netlfix’s Coen Brothers film: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Multiple Concerts at famed venue 54 Below in NYC. Bradley University graduate. Love to my family Lisa, Sophia & Miles. EricPetersenOnline.com | Twitter: @ericpetersen44 | Instagram: @ericpete @theportlygentleman
MTW: Oliver!, Bright Star, Guys And Dolls. California: Cabaret (Bobby)-Celebration Theatre; Zorba (Fivos)-Musical Theatre Guild; Beach Blanket Beagle, Snoopy’s Boisenberry Jamboree-Knott's Berry Farm. Other Credits: Mamma Mia, Annie-Westchester Broadway Theatre, Mary Poppins (Parkeeper/Ensemble)-Utah Shakespeare Festival; Fiddler on the Roof-Pioneer Theatre Company. Other Favorite Roles: She Loves Me (Georg Nowack); How To Succeed...(J. Pierrepont Finch). B.A. in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. All the love to Nic and the family. www.tannerrampton.com
Erik Scott makes his MTW debut with Something Rotten! and has appeared in a number of productions throughout Southern California. Erik, a graduate of AMDA Los Angeles, is the recipient of several Desert Theatre League Awards. He is grateful to his friends and family for their love and support. With special thanks to Connor/Ankrum & Associates, Inc. and the team at Musical Theatre West. “What, you egg? [He stabs him]” –W. Shakespeare, Macbeth www.erikromney.com
is extremely EGGcited to be making her MTW debut in Something Rotten! She is a recent graduate of the MT BFA Program at California State University, Fullerton. Selected credits include Heather McNamara in Heathers, Arista/Dance Captain in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and Wanda Woodward in Cry Baby. Beth can also be seen in various parades at the Disneyland Resort. Love to her family, friends, mentors, and the Something Rotten team for this opportunity! Bethroy.net
Recently: Pirelli, Sweeney Todd, South Coast Rep. Dame Derrier, Beauty And The Beast A Christmas Rose. Laguna Playhouse. Figaro, “Coop And Cami,” Disney Television. Edna, Hairspray, PVPA. Sancho, Man of La Mancha, La Mirada. NYC; The Phantom Of The Opera, Broadway., A Christmas Carol, MSG. Sweeney Todd, Cinderella, Most Happy Fella; Lincoln Center. Jerry Springer, The Opera, Carnegie Hall. Tours; Addams Family, Kiss Me Kate. Regionally; TUTS. Bay Street, Music Circus, CTG/Ahmanson, Asolo Rep, Maltz Jupiter, Gable Stage, Actor’s Playhouse, Geva. Film/TV; ”The Producers”.“BearCity” “Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.” Graduate; LACHSA, PCPA. More at: www.rolandrusinek.com
Landon is very excited that you are taking the time to read his bio. Off-Broadway: Friends the Musical (Ross), 90210 the Musical (Brandon), Bayside the Musical (Zack/Swing), Full House the Musical (Swing) The ButtCracker (LeeRoy Bacon) Regional: Joseph… Dreamcoat (Reuben), Saturday Night Fever (Gus), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ensemble/ Featured Dancer) and Higher Education (Justin). BFA at Texas State University. Thank you friends and family for your support. Enjoy the show! @LandonisZwicked
Here's What the Critics are Saying:
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With one sensational choreographed number after another, blended with pristine voices, an array of colors and hilarious insider jokes on Shakespeare and modern musicals, this show is non-stop entertainment.
This show makes a great addition to MTW's season. It's big, it's fun, and it has enough wit to engage and dazzle to delight. Judging by the audience's reception, it should be a winner for the company.
This musical spreads unfettered happiness and sweet-hearted love around for everyone — well, except for Shakespeare, but he can take it.
MTW's ironically named “Something Rotten” smashes its way onto the Carpenter Center stage, leaving the audience's cheeks sore from smiling for hours.
If you love Shakespeare– and especially if you don’t– MTW’s production of Something Rotten! will charm you with its campy but smart take on the playwright and delightfully over-the-top music and song.
It takes cojones to call a show Something Rotten! (Imagine what critics could come up with if it lived up to its title.) Fortunately, there’s nothing at all rotten in the city of Long Beach this month. Something Rotten! is Something Sensational!