“Something Rotten” Opens Saturday at The J


Posted by Bob Evans

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Overland Park, Kan. – “Something Rotten” – ‘the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years’ – is set to hit the stage at the Lewis and Shirley White Theatre at The J this weekend. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and runs on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 21.

 Tickets start as low as $14 and are available at The White Theatre at The J box office and online at thewhitetheatre.org.

 Set in the 1590s, this crowd-pleasing musical farce follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to step out of Shakespeare’s shadow. The show features large song and dance numbers and over-the-top characters that musical fans are sure to enjoy.

 “Something Rotten” was originally scheduled to open in February 2021, but with the inability to host large events in person due to COVID, The White Theatre team had to pivot. A dedicated cast and crew created a filmed version, which was streamed on-demand to hundreds of families across the metro, nationally and even internationally, and because of its success, the team found an opportunity to bring the performance back, this time in person.

 “Theatre is meant to be experienced together, in-person,” said Director of Arts + Culture at The J and Managing Artistic Director Keith Wiedenkeller. “In this show, one of the characters says that what he loves about theatre is ‘the sights, the smells, the roar of the crowd…’ in other words, the environment and atmosphere of live theatre. That’s why we are so happy to bring “Something Rotten” back to The White Theatre, this time for a live audience.”

 Many of the performers from the virtual run jumped at the opportunity return for this run and perform for a live crowd. Tom Nelson and Weston Thomas as Nick and Nigel Bottom, Ron Meyer as Jeremiah, Emily Vargo as Portia, Krista Eyler as Bea, Matt Fowler as Nostradamus, and Keith Wiedenkeller as Shylock will all reprise their roles.

 New to this show’s run, Terrace Wyatt plays the Minstrel/Lord Clapham/Judge while Auston Stang takes on the role of Shakespeare.

 The ensemble is a combination of new and familiar faces, with Lora Anderson, Cally Beckman, Ashton Botts, Guy Gardner, Alex Gumminger, Meredith Hollan, Jack Jones, Cody Kreutzer, Ashlie McGuire, Ceslie Parker-Waller, Lauren Payne, Rob Reeder, Moriah Roberts, Natalie Rothfusz, and Landan Stocker.

 On the production side of the performance, Tim Bair and Marsha Canaday returned as well in their roles as director and musical director, respectively.

 The live, in-person show is the first musical of The J’s 2021-2022 season, which includes “The Odd Couple: The Female Version,” “Matilda,” and “Memphis,” which will be a co-production with the Kansas City Black Repertory Theatre.

 As part of The White Theatre’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, all guests must wear masks, and either be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. For more information, visit TheWhiteTheatre.org.


About The J

The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City opened in 1914 in midtown Kansas City, Missouri and has grown and adapted to serve the changing needs of Greater Kansas City’s Jewish and secular communities. Our mission is to build a strong, vibrant and inclusive community that enhances wellness, meaning, and joy, based on Jewish values, heritage, and culture. We are a welcoming community that embodies Jewish values in a safe and respectful environment. People of all ages and backgrounds learn and grow at our ‘home away from home.’ For more information, visit TheJKC.org.

 About The White Theatre

The Lewis & Shirley White Theatre, built in 2005, is a 500 seat, state-of-the-art venue that hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year. Its annual theatre and concert series continues a 90+ year community theatre tradition, established in 1932, with The Resident Theatre, the region’s first and longest-running community theatre. Ample free parking is available, and the theatre is entirely accessible for those of all abilities. The theatre is available for private rentals for area non-profit groups.

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