The completely original new musical Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, opens at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts from April 24 – 29 in the Walt Disney Theater.
This hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With the most singing, the most dancing and the most gut-busting laughs on Broadway, it’s something wonderful … something for everyone … It’s Something Rotten!, “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years” (Time Out New York)!
The touring cast also features Maggie Lakis as Bea, Blake Hammond as Nostradamus, Autumn Hurlbert as Portia, Scott Cote as Brother Jeremiah and Jeff Brooks as Shylock.
Rounding out the ensemble are Lucy Anders, Kyle Nicholas Anderson, Kate Bailey, Daniel Beeman, Brandon Bieber, Mandie Black, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Ian Campayno, Pierce Cassedy, Eric Coles, Drew Franklin, Juliane Godfrey, Leah Hofmann, Kristie Kerwin, Ralph Meitzler, Patrick John Moran, Joel Newsome, Con O’Shea-Creal and Tonya Thompson.
It was a pleasure to sit down with Blake Hammond for this Hotspots Exclusive interview:
Were you always a performer, even as a kid or when did you get “the bug”?
I performed as a kid for my mom on the fireplace, but I started doing theater late in High school. I then studied at the University of Texas in Austin in the theater program. I was lucky enough to go there on scholarship.
What was your first professional gig?
My first paid gig was when I did summer stock in university. I was 19 years old.
Other than Nostradamus, what has been your favorite role to play and why?
I have two favorites. The first is when I played Edna Turnblad in Hairspray on Broadway. This was so great because it was my first time on Broadway and what a great part to play. The other one was The Adams Family where I played Uncle Fester. It was really fun to play a 10 year old boy in a 35 year old’s body. I got to be a kid every night.
What is your fantasy role to play?
I have to say I would love to sing the songs of Jean Val Jean from Les Miserables, but it’s not the type or role I am usually cast in.
You have received L.A. Critics, Carbonell, Chicago After Dark and Indy Soap awards. How does it feel when you get these awards and does it ever get less nerve racking?
No, it does not get less nerve racking. I think awards are interesting because it’s hard to say who is the best, but I must admit, it is fun to hear your name being called.
What should the Central Florida audiences expect from this production of the Something Rotten?
It is the funniest show I have ever been in, so expect tons of laughs. Our producer, Kevin McCullum, calls it “The Make America Laugh Again Tour.” Also, the cast of this production are absolutely lovely. They are bunch of fun people, and I think it shows on stage.
For more information go to: RottenBroadway.com.
Tickets, which start at $34.25 are available at: DrPhillipsCenter.org.