Something Rotten

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.

Something Rotten


Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Keyboard 3


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.


This orchestration is based on the Original 2015 Broadway Production.

This show was orchestrated to be player-conducted from the Keyboard 1/Conductor Book. There are 3 keyboard books in this show all with heavy programming.

Keyboard 1 is the Conductor chair and the primary piano book. There are about 25 different sounds with close to 80 patch changes in this book. Other instruments in the programming include various EP’s, B3 Organ, Harpsichord, Celeste, Glock, Marimba, and even a Hurdy Gurdy to name a few. An excellent player is required for this book who can also lead the band while playing.

Keyboard 2 is challenging to play and heavily programmed with close to 100 unique patches and over 250 patch changes. Some of the patches include Strings, Medieval instruments, Piano, Harp, pitched and auxiliary Percussion, as well as several woodwind and brass instruments.

Keyboard 3 is also heavily programmed with over 250 patch changes and is mostly orchestral in nature. The programming consists primarily of strings and is augmented by several other orchestral instruments namely percussion and various woodwinds. An advanced player is required to navigate the playing and programming in this book.


Keyboard Programmer: Kevin Roland


Book by: Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell
Music & Lyrics by: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Lyrics by: Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Musical Director: Phil Reno
Music arranged by: Glen Kelly
Music orchestrated by: Larry Hochman
Vocal arrangements by: Phil Reno
Additional Orchestrations: Bruce Coughlin and Phil Reno

Original Broadway Orchestra

Conducted by: Phil Reno
Keyboards: Mat Eisenstein and Antony Geralis
Associate Conductor: Mat Eisenstein
Assistant Conductor: Antony Geralis
Reeds: Greg Thymius, Steven Lyon and Frank Santagata
Trumpet/Flugelhorn: Craig Johnson and Jeremy Miloszewicz
French Horn: Kyle Hoyt
Trombone/Bass Trombone: Michael Davis
Guitar: Larry Saltzman and Nate Brown
Concert Master: Rick Dolan
Violin: Erin Benim Mayland
Violin/Viola: Orlando Wells
Cello: Kate Spingarn
Bass: Michael Kuennen
Drums: Perry Cavari
Percussion: Sean Ritenauer
Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation and Katharine Edmonds
Musical Coordinator: John Miller


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 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.


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