Aisle View: All the World's a (Musical Comedy!) Stage

April 23, 2015 1:28 AM

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Something's rotten on the stage of the St. James, and it smells like a hit. The birthplace of Oklahoma!, The King and I and Hello, Dolly! -- and latterly the filming location for the Oscar-winning "Birdman" -- now has a self-styled Renaissance musical, taking place in the '90s. The 1590s, that is. Something Rotten! is larded with overripe performances, layer upon layer of schmaltz, and everything in the kitchen sink except a battle of flying cream pies.

Even so, it seems likely that the purveyors of Something Rotten! set their sights on the current-day Broadway champ, The Book of Mormon -- and Something Rotten! does not approach that musical's levels of irrepressible hilarity. Consider it closer to Spamalot, which isn't half bad. Something Rotten! ...

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