Something Rotten!

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In Elizabethan England, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are stuck in the shadow of the Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting—all at the same time—Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. Nominated for ten Tony Awards including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is a humorous mash-up of 16th-century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway.

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Something Rotten! with book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick plays November 9, 2022-January 14, 2023, in FST's Gompertz Theatre. 

Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

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Director  |  Ellie Mooney
Rehearsal Music Director | Minhui Lee
Performance Music Director  |  Conner Stigner
Scenic Design  |  Isabel & Moriah Curley-Clay
Lighting Designer | Ben Rawson
Sound Designer | Thom Korp
Wig Designer  |  Susan Haldeman
Costume Designer  |  Gregg Barnes
Costume Coordinator | Aubrey Hess
Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain | BillyD Hart


Quinten Patrick Busey | Minstrel/Ensemble
David Cantor* | Shylock
Cornelius Davis* | Nigel
Jordan De Leon* | Ensemble
BillyD Hart* | Nick
Jahir L. Hipps* | Lord Clapham/Ensemble
Olivia London* | Ensemble
Jillian Louis* | Bea
Dana Orange* | Minstrel/Ensemble
Elena Ramos Pascullo* | Portia
James Patterson* | Brother Jeremiah
Kraig Swartz* | Nostradamus
Charlie Tingen | Shakespeare
Erin Weinberger* | Ensemble



Conner Stigner | Keys/Conductor
Aaron Nix | Drums
David Racanelli | Guitar/Bass
Sam Stahlmann |Sinfonia/Keys 2

Quinten Patrick Busey (Ensemble) is thrilled to be joining the cast for a dream show of his here at FST! Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Argyle, Arts Center, Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Fireside, and Little Theatre on the Square. Wagner College Grad and founder of Pullback Productions (@pullbackproductions). @qbusey

David Cantor* (Shylock) Broadway: Bobinet La Vie Parisienne, covered Che Evita. Off-Broadway: Nathan Rothschild The Rothschilds. Regional: Rev. Chrisparkle in Edwin Drood, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Padre in Man of La Mancha, John Adams in 1776, Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver!, Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, Old Actor in The Fantasticks. Appeared in all 13 Gilbert and Sullivan operas in the USA, Great Britain, and Italy. TV: Girls5Eva, Orange is the New Black, Jessica Jones, and Madam Secretary.

Cornelius Davis* (Nigel) What a gift to be able to spread love and laughter this season with this show! Nat. Tour: Disney’s Aladdin/ Ensemble. Favorite Regional Credits: The Little Mermaid/ Sebastian at Arrow Rock Lyceum and Arkansas Rep., Smokey Joe’s Cafe/Victor at The Rev. Theatre Co., Sister Act/TJ at Arkansas Rep, Les Miserables/Combeferre at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Once On This Island/Papa Ge at Flat Rock Playhouse. BFA MT from the University of Central FL. IG: @cpdavis91.

Jordan De Leon* (Ensemble) Florida Studio Theatre debut! Broadway National Tour: The Prom. Select Regional: The Muny, PCLO, Denver Center, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Rep, Stages St. Louis. CCM Musical Theatre. The Price Group. IG: jordan_deleon_

BillyD Hart* (Nick/Associate Choreographer/Dance Captain) is egg-cited to make their FST performance debut. They are no stranger to Sarasota, though, having directed and/or choreographed last year’s Hare and Tortoise, Cinderella, and The Legend of Georgia McBride, as well as this season’s The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Other credits include: 15 shows at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, the national tour of Elf, Disney Cruise Line, and 5 shows in Vero Beach at the Riverside Theatre. Proud member of AEA.

Jahir L. Hipps* (Lord Clapham/Ensemble) is so excited to have his FST Debut. He recently finished the Rent Farewell Tour as Mr. J/the “Seasons of Love” Soloist and as an understudy for Roger and Collins. Formerly, he has played Benny in In The Heights, Jeremy Heere in Be More Chill, Melchior in Spring Awakening, and Eugene Williams in The Scottsboro Boys. @jahir.hipps.

Olivia London (Ensemble) is so excited to be joining this cast and creative team! She is a Los Angeles native and was seen recently on the National Tour of Waitress: The Musical. She earned her Theater BA from UCLA with a Musical Theater Emphasis. Other credits include: Beehive: The ‘60s Musical (Wanda), The Cake (Macy), RENT (Joanne), and Carrie: The Musical (Ms. Gardner). Follow her on social media: @loveelivvy

Jillian Louis* (Bea) is always thrilled to return to FST! Broadway: It Shoulda Been You; Tour: Cheers (Diane); Off-Broadway: Soul Doctor, Chick Flick, Midnight Street; Regional: Walnut Street, North Shore, Denver Center, Cape Playhouse, Casa Manana, Florida Rep, many more; Concert/Cabaret: Town Hall, Buxton Opera House, Symphony Space, Cabaret 313, 54 Below. TV/ Film: Law & Order SVU, Show Me A Hero, Mount Joy. Jillian teaches through a number of organizations and has an album and solo concerts in the works! IG:

Dana Orange (Minstrel/ Ensemble) is a Philadelphia-based performer and teaching artist who has worked throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Some favorite credits include Shrek the Musical (Donkey), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Sebastian), Sister Act (Walnut Street Theatre), Choir Boy (Philadelphia Theatre Company), and In The Heights (Park Playhouse). Dana is thrilled to be joining this amazing company in his FST debut!

Elena Ramos Pascullo* (Portia) is jazzed to be a part of FST’s Something Rotten! Past favorites include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Buddy Holly Story, In the Heights, Little Women, and Guys and Dolls. A New York native, Elena is an actress, singer, ukulelist, songwriter, plant lover, bad poet, and human to an exceptional one-eyed dog, Heidi. Follow along @elenalenabobena.

James Patterson* (Brother Jeremiah) Broadway/National Tours: Gigi; Mary Poppins; The Drowsy Chaperone; Beauty and the Beast; Cats; and State Fair. Other credits: Max Von Meyerling in Sunset Boulevard (MTC); Georges in La Cage Aux Folles (Riverside Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Co.); Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Stages St. Louis); Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast (TUTS, Fulton Theatre, MSMT); Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera); Barnaby Slade in Sail Away (Carnegie Hall); and Rev. Moore in Footloose (Fulton Theatre).

Kraig Swartz* (Nostradamus) is thrilled to return to FST, where he recently played Miss Tracy Mills in The Legend of Georgia McBride. Select Off-Broadway credits: The Voysey Inheritance and The Madras House (The Mint) and So Help Me God (Lucille Lortel). He received two Barrymore Awards for Take Me Out and Fully Committed at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Select regional credits: Guthrie Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Rep, Pioneer Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Kennedy Center. He has appeared in plays for over 20 years at Peterborough Players. Television: SNL. Film: World and Time Enough.

Charlie Tingen (Shakespeare) FST debut! Charlie is a New York City-based actor and singer who has performed Off-Broadway, in national tours, with symphony orchestras, and at opera companies and regional theatres throughout the United States. Theatre: Anatole (Natasha…Great Comet of 1812, regional premiere), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Enjolras (Les Mis), Freddy (My Fair Lady), Maximillian (Candide), Tony (West Side Story), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie). Concerts: Utah Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Pacific Symphony. BFA in Musical Theatre from Coastal Carolina University. @ charlietingen

Erin Weinberger (Ensemble) is a Sarasota native living in NYC and is thrilled to be making her debut here at FST. Most recent credits include the National Tour of Cinderella, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (Asolo Rep), The Music Man (Asolo Rep), Jimmy Kimmel LIVE, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway Backwards, and Broadway Bares. Enjoy the show!

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January 6, 2023  I  Suncoast FYI  Interview with Jillian Louis of Something Rotten!

December 27, 2022  I  BroadwayWorld  I  Something Rotten! Extended Again at Florida Studio Theatre

December 16, 2022  I  SRQ Daily  I  Spotlight on Something Rotten! at FST

November 16, 2022  I Great Day Live - Tampa Bay  I  Spotlight on Local Theatre: Something Rotten!

November 7, 2022  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  A love letter to musical theater: ‘Something Rotten!’ toys with Shakespeare at Florida Studio Theatre

October 27, 2022  I  The Observer  I  FST makes a stitch in time to show Something Rotten!

October 12, 2022  I BroadwayWorld  I  FST's 22-23 Winter Mainstage Series Opens With Hit Broadway Musical, Something Rotten!


The Observer
"Full throttle"
"Smart and hilarious"
"A lot of talent"

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Daffy and fun"
"Lively and clever"
"Keeps you laughing and smiling"

Sarasota Magazine
"Delivers lots of (intentionally) silly fun"
"A fun night out, whether you're into Shakespeare or not"

Total Theater
"A real tasty treat"
"Very funny"
"A modern take on a different theatrical era"
"Director/Choreographer Ellie Mooney deserves much praise"
"There's nothing rotten in any of the technical work"

Venice Gondolier-Sun
"A winner"
"[The cast] seems to have as much fun on stage as their audience" 

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Meet Bea, Nick Bottom's Wife and "Right Hand Man"


Welcome to the Renaissance!

The Musical's The Thing!


Karey Kirkpatrick and Wayne Kirkpatrick, two of the creators of Something Rotten!, discuss the show and the inspiration behind many of its quirky characters. | WATCH HERE

In many ways, Something Rotten! is a love letter to the Broadway musical, so there are many Broadway references made in the show. How many do you recognize? | WATCH HERE

William Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest playwright to ever live. Here’s a list of more than 50 facts about “The Bard.” | CLICK HERE


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