Otterbein’s next show, "Something Rotten," is a musical comedy that will be performed at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall.
The musical has been hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.” “'Something Rotten' is fresh, hysterical, and irreverent”, said the Associated Press. “It’s easily the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since The Book of Mormon.”
"Something Rotten" is a story about Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.
This will be director Mark Mineart’s seventh show at Otterbein. “The thing that is most amazing about this show is that it has gorgeous music, a really well written book and lyrics, and the actual script is super clever and super funny,” said Mineart.
Lead actors include Sam Hoyer as Shakespeare and Benjamin Hoover as Nick Bottom.
For over five years, playing Nick Bottom has been a dream role for Hoover. “The opportunity to get to step into his shoes and get to sing my favorite songs that were written in one of my favorite plays is astonishingly important to me. I am so honored to be here and to be doing this work.”
"I think you will come to this show, and you’ll walk away with a newfound understanding and a newfound love for all facets of theatrical performance,” said Hoover. “It's one of these shows that is smart, and funny, but heartfelt and meaningful”
The play takes place at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall, on March 31 at 7:30 p.m. April 1, 2 and 7-9 at 8:00 p.m. and April 3 at 2:00 p.m. Individual tickets are $30, and full-time students, faculty and staff get in free.