Edward Hibbert to join Broadway's Something Rotten!


Broadway's musical comedy Something Rotten! welcomes Edward Hibbert to the cast from 10 November 2015.

He will assume the roles of Lord Clapham and Master of Justice from current cast member Peter Bartlett, who will play his final performance on 8 November 2015.

Edward Hibbert has previously appeared on the Great White Way in 'It Shoulda Been You,' 'Mrs. Warren's Profession,' 'Curtains,' 'The Drowsy Chaperone,' 'Noises Off,' 'The Green Bird,' 'Me and My Girl,' and 'Alice in Wonderland.' He has also appeared in London's West End in 'The Mystery of Irma Vep,' 'Lend Me a Tenor,' and 'Twelfth Night.' He is perhaps best known for his TV role as Gil Chesterton on “Frasier.”

The current principal cast of Something Rotten! includes three-time Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James (Nick Bottom), two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (The Bard), Tony nominee John Cariani (Nigel Bottom), Heidi Blickenstaff (Bea), two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Nostradamus), Kate Reinders (Portia), Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Brother Jeremiah), Peter Bartlett (Lord Clapham/Master of Justice), Gerry Vichi (Shylock), and Michael James Scott (Minstrel).

Something Rotten! officially opened at Broadway's St James Theatre on 22 April 2015, following previews from 23 March, and is currently booking through to 29 May 2016.

Something Rotten! features music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick, with a book by Karey Kirkpatrick & John O’Farrell. The musical comedy is directed and choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw.

Synopsis: "Welcome to the ‘90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! But amidst the scandalous excitement of Opening Night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self… and all that jazz."

The creative team features scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Peter Hylenski, and hair design by Josh Marquette. Musical direction is by Phil Reno, with arrangements by Glen Kelly and orchestrations by Larry Hochman.

Something Rotten! is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum.

- by Tom Millward

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