Something Rotten!
Join us for opening night Saturday, September 25, 2021
and celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center 

Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. with a cash bar serving beer and wine

"Something Rotten!" runs September 25 through October 24, 2021 
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
(note: there will not be a performance Saturday, October 16)
Something Rotten! 2021
Something Rotten! 2021

Theatre Nebula presents Something Rotten! | September 25 - October 24, 2021

press to zoom
Something Rotten! 2021
Something Rotten! 2021

Theatre Nebula presents Something Rotten! | September 25 - October 24, 2021

press to zoom
Something Rotten! characters Nostradamus and Nick
Something Rotten! characters Nostradamus and Nick

Something Rotten! 2021 Production | Featuring Denise Tamburrino (Nostradamus) and David Pfenninger (Nick Bottom)

press to zoom
Something Rotten! 2021
Something Rotten! 2021

Theatre Nebula presents Something Rotten! | September 25 - October 24, 2021

press to zoom



Executive Producer - J. Spencer Greene

Directed by Kevin Wiczer          

Musical Direction by Bryan McCaffrey

Choreography by Kristine Burdi-Stickney

Scenic & Properties Design by J. Spencer Greene

Costume Design by Victoria Jablonski

Lighting Design by Steve Nickerson

Stage Manager is Emma Ferguson

Sound Design by Matt Kania

Scenic Painting by Sharon Damisch & Brett Baleski

Dance Captain is Ariana Cappuccitti

Assistant Stage Manager is ​Denver Starzynski  

Costume Assistant is Becca Martinez

Photos & Video by Michael P. Noens

Marketing by Teresa J. Arnold


NICK BOTTOM: David Pfenninger



NOSTRADAMUS: Denise Tamburrino

BEA BOTTOM: Rachel Carreras

PORTIA: Mary Margaret McCormick


LADY CLAPHAM, et. al.: Anne Arza

THE MINSTREL, et. al.: Mar'Quon Thomas

SHYLOCK, et. al.: Peter Moeller

TOM SNOUT, et. al.: Parker Stancato

ROBIN, et. al.: Dane Strange

PETER QUINCE, et. al.: Bryan Fowler

PURITAN WOMAN, et. al.: Kirsten Smigiel

ASTROLOGER, et. al.: Katie Longo

GYPSY WOMAN, et. al.: Kaia Mavradas

HELENA, et. al.: Emma Robie

ROSALIND, et. al.: Noreen Patel


All performances will be at

Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center

150 E.Wood Street, Palatine, IL 60067

CH on taupe background.jpg


Two brothers set out to write the world’s first musical in this hilarious mash-up of sixteenth-century Shakespeare and twenty-first-century Broadway.

Welcome to the Renaissance and the outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical farce, Something Rotten.  Created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick, and successful screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, Something Rotten was lauded by audience members and critics alike, receiving 10 Tony Award nominations, several Best Musical nominations, and hailed by Time Out New York as "the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years".

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star 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.

Something Rotten features large song and dance numbers, and a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, each given his or her own special moment in the show to shine.  Throughout its Broadway run, the musical received a show-stopping standing ovation from audiences... in the beginning of the first act!  It’s become clear that “nothing’s as amazing as a musical,” so don’t miss your chance to enjoy this history-twisting tale on our stage.

Broadway Reviews for Something Rotten!:


From: Associated Press

"Something Rotten!" fresh and hysterical and irreverent. It's easily the funniest thing to arrive on Broadway since "The Book of Mormon."

From: TimeOut NY

Something Rotten! has established itself as Broadway's funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years...tremendous care and showbiz savvy have gone into making a sophisticatedly silly rom-com that has it all: laugh-out-loud lyrics, catchy music, jaw-dropping sight gags 

From: Hollywood Reporter

This is a big, brash meta-musical studiously fashioned in the mold of Monty Python's Spamalot, The Producers and The Book of Mormon, loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewers.