SOMETHING IS ROTTEN at Salem State University

Welcome to the ’90s’ – the 1590s – when a leather-clad wordsmith with swivel hips turns London upside down: Shakespeare! His works are loved by everyone except the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel. They are desperate to make a success story and find their fame and fortune, all while staying one step ahead of their backers. Meet local fortune teller Nostradamus who predicts that the future of theater is singing, dancing and acting all at the same time, setting the Bottom brothers off to write the world’s first musical! But amid the outrageous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means staying true to yourself… and to all that jazz.

Set in a Renaissance Faire, this production offers audiences an immersive experience as soon as they walk through the door. Audience members are HIGHLY encouraged to come in Ren Faire costumes. You might even end up on stage! Filled with fantastic musical numbers and a hilarious storyline, this irresistible ode to musicals is a dose of pure Broadway fun!

Written by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Created by Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Friday, April 19 is SALEM NIGHT. Free admission for all Salem residents.


$15 general/$10 seniors/free for all students with student IDs and under 18.