Opened: April 22, 2015
Music & Lyrics by: Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick
Original Broadway Cast: Brian D’Arcy James, John Cariani, Christian Borle, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi, Michael James Scott, Linda Griffin, David Hibbard, Jenny Hill, Stacey Todd Holt, Aaron Kaburick, Austin Lesch, Beth Johnson Nicely, Aleks Pevec, Angie Schworer, Eric Sciotto, Brian Shepard, Chelsea Morgan Stock, Ryan VanDenBoom, Marisha Wallace & Bud Weber
Welcome to the Renaissance and one of the most inventive new musicals.
Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom (Brian D’Arcy James and John Cariani) want to write the next big play, but are stuck in the shadow of Shakespeare (Christian Borle). When Nick consults a soothsayer (Brad Oscar), it is foretold musicals are going to be the future. So the brothers set off to write the first musical ever.
This musical had me rolling out of my seat laughing. The humor is written incredibly well with incorrect future visions and puns throughout songs. Shakespeare is also treated like a rock god here with adoring fans.
The group number, “A Musical,” will be sure to blow any theater fan away. They spoof and reference tons of modern musicals in it and guarantees a big finish.
Final say: Brilliant fun. ★★★★★