Something Rotten, JR
Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.
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.
We are thrilled to be working with Music Theatre International and iTheatrics
to present a pilot production of a new 70 minute adaptation of this popular show!
Open to performers ages 12-18
Tuesday, February 4
Wednesday, February 5
360 Hamilton Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
Please prepare one of the songs provided below.
Auditioners will be brought into the room in groups to sing their selected song and learn a brief dance combination
We strongly encourage you to print and complete the audition form and conflict calendar ahead of time. Please make sure to mark all conflicts clearly (make sure to account for any travel time). The schedule will be created based on the availability provided at auditions.
You will receive an email by Friday, February 7 if we would like to see you for a callback. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, February 9 by appointment. Attending callbacks as scheduled is strongly encouraged but a makeup date may be provided if needed.
Some/all roles may be double cast.
There is no fee to participate in this production.
Can't make auditions?
Send a video of one of the songs and the completed forms to by 9pm on Wednesday, February 5.
Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays
Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and at varying times on Saturdays and Sundays (based on cast availability). A schedule with time windows will be released shortly after casting.
Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal and not all cast members will be called for the full duration of each rehearsal.
Some conflicts/outdates may be accepted upfront but no additional dates may be added once casting is released.
All tech rehearsals (Sunday May 3-Thursday, May 7) and performances (May 8-10 and May 15-17) are mandatory
For the audition, you will be asked to sing one of the following song selections.
Please make sure to learn the song ahead of time (memorization is recommended).
NOTE: We have included guide vocals to help you learn the music but do not expect or wish for you to copy the singer on the recording. We want to see what you do with it!
We will be using the accompaniment track only for the audition.
Nostradamus (Male or Female)
Minstrel (Male or Female)
Townspeople, Troupe Members, Astrologer, Foreman, Messenger, Announcer, Valet, Eyepatch Person, Puritans, Horatio, Master of the Justice, etc
Welcome to the Renaissance — Minstrel and Company
God I Hate Shakespeare — Nick and Troupe
Right Hand Man — Bea
God I Hate Shakespeare (Reprise) — Nick
A Musical — Nostradamus, Nick, and Company
The Black Death — Troupe
I Love the Way — Portia and Nigel
Will Power — Shakespeare and Crowd
Nick Bottom's Gonna Be On Top — Nick and Company
It's Eggs — Troupe
We See the Light — Portia, Brother Jeremiah, Nigel, Puritans
To Thine Own Self — Nigel and Troupe
Something Rotten — Nick and Company
Make an Omelette — Troupe
To Thine Own Self (Reprise) — Nick, Nigel, and Bea
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