‘Something Rotten!’ comes to Maine East High School

Maine East High School is proud to present the outrageously entertaining musical farce, “Something Rotten!”

This hilarious production, featuring a talented company of over 100 students, will be performed on Feb. 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased online at or by visiting the Maine East High School website.

Welcome to the Renaissance as “Something Rotten!” takes you back to the 1590s, where brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play. However, they find themselves overshadowed by the legendary “Bard” of the era. When a local soothsayer predicts that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting all at once, the Bottom brothers set out to create the world's first musical.

Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, along with successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O' Farrell, “Something Rotten!” has received rave reviews from both audiences and critics. It has been nominated for several Best Musical awards and was hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

This production features large song and dance numbers, as well as a cast of over-the-top characters, each with their own special moment to shine.

Director, Karen Hall shared, “If you are a musical theater lover, Something Rotten! is for you. It contains over 100 musical references including Hello Dolly, Chicago, Cabaret, Rent, Annie and so many more. Throughout its Broadway run, Something Rotten! received a showstopping standing ovation from audiences.”

Maine East will be celebrating Director Karen Hall. This is her final musical before retiring after 24 years at Maine East. Karen Hall has been instrumental in shaping the performing arts program at Maine East High School, and her dedication and passion have inspired countless students over the years.

Pit Orchestra director, Andrew Beckwith stated “I’m so excited to see our students come together on something they are so passionate about and work so hard on, and to celebrate our wonderful drama teacher, Karen Hall, as she retires from East after 24 years of service to our students and community!”

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