Another Fiddler?

Last month, in my review of Something Rotten (which was excellent and I highly recommend), I wrote that I believed that there was a dearth of new ideas in Hollywood and on Broadway. I had hoped that Something Rotten would be opening the door to new ideas and new stories instead of the same revivals year after year.

Then I saw that Fiddler On The Roof was coming back to Broadway.

My heart sank a little.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Fiddler On The Roof. I’ve long since memorized the songs and the screenplay.  While it is set in a specific time and place with a specific group of people, there are elements within the story and characters that can be applied to any place and time.

I just wish that instead of another revival that only returned to Broadway eleven years ago, that a new voice with a new story to tell might have been given the opportunity to see their vision become a reality.

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Something Rotten Review

I’ve been stating recently about the dearth of original ideas on Broadway and in Hollywood.

Something Rotten has proved me wrong.

Nick Bottom (Brian D’arcy James) and Nigel Bottom (John Cariani) are renaissance era playwrights trying to make a name for themselves. Standing in their way is the biggest name in theater of the era: The Bard (Christian Borle).  Desperate for a hit, Nick reaches out to the Soothsayer (Brad Oscar). The Soothsayer tells Nick about a musical (a play that combines acting, singing and dancing at the same time. Completing shocking, I know). Running with the idea, Nick and  Nigel prepare their theater troupe for opening night. But they will learn that being at the top also requires in the words of the Bard “to thine own self be true”.

This show is one of the funniest and most original shows that I have seen on Broadway in a very long time. It speaks to all of us have a dream and see someone who is living that dream while we are watching from afar. While the entire cast are standouts, Borle’s The Bard is amazing. He has a Mick Jagger rock and roll swag in tight leather pants that is unique from any other portrayal of William Shakespeare.

I absolutely recommend this show.

Something Rotten is currently playing on Broadway at the St. James Theater, 246 W 44th Street, New York, NY.

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