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Something Rotten!: A Love Letter to Musical Theatre & A Must-Own Cast Recording

June 2nd, 2015 by

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If you have seen and fallen in love with the hilarious and smart new musical comedy Something Rotten!, chances are you already knew that the cast album dropped on June 2 (because the score is that good that fans want to own it ASAP). But for the rest of you: #1. Get to the St. James Theatre and #2. Download the superior cast recording today—it’s another Sh-K-Boom album you’ll cherish having. Below, BroadwayBox reacts in animated GIF (as we do) to the first listen of the brand-new original cast album.

1. Welcome to the Renaissance (Michael James Scott & Company)

Something Rotten Album- Welcome to the Renaissane

The first number and I’m already dancing around the office like Olivia Pope. MJS’ voice is the perfect way to kick off this show...and this score really is in a league of its own this season.

2. God, I Hate Shakespeare (Brian d’Arcy James, John Cariani & Company)

Something Rotten Album- God I Hate Shakespeare

This song has the ultimate line: ‘Don't be a penis/the man is a genius.’ It’s also fun for the Lane/Broderick dynamic you get with James and Cariani here.

3. Right Hand Man (Heidi Blickenstaff)

Something Rotten Album- Right Hand Man

Every actress should be so lucky to get a great song like this and be able to sing it sounding like Heidi B. (Just pressed repeat…3 times in a row.)

4. God, I Hate Shakespeare [Reprise] (Brian d’Arcy James)

Something Rotten Album- God I Hate Shakespeare reprise

5. A Musical (Brad Oscar, Brian d’Arcy James & Company)

Something Rotten- A Musical- Album

Something Rotten- A Musical- Cast Recording

A Musical- Something Rotten

And these three GIFS barely do the number justice. You can download this track today or you can be basic and wait until the Tonys—either way, you’ll want to own it by week’s end.

6. The Black Death (Company)

Something Rotten Album- Black Death

7. I Love the Way (John Cariani & Kate Reinders)

Something Rotten Album- I Love the Way

Sweet AND funny. Kate Reinders’ voice is gorgeous.

8. Will Power (Christian Borle & Company)

Something Rotten Album- Will Power- Christian Borle

Borle’s fantastic, Tony-nominated performance completely comes through on this album. You just have to listen and you’ll get it. Also as a song, it’s hard to stand still during it.

9. Bottom's Gonna Be on Top (Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle & Company)

Something Rotten Album- Bottom's Gonna Be on Top

Composers and lyricists everywhere, please take note: this is how you end Act I. #PleaseAndThankYou #SeriousPerfection

10. Welcome to the Renaissance [Reprise] (Michael James Scott)

Something Rotten Album- Welcome to the Renaissane

And Michael James Scott is still killin’ it.

11. Hard to Be the Bard (Christian Borle & Company)

Something Rotten Album- Christian Borle- Hard to Be the Bard

There’s no way you’re not gonna play this song out at work, the gym, driving, pounding the pavement, etc.

12. It's Eggs! (Company)

Something Rotten Album- It's Eggs

13. We See the Light (Kate Reinders, John Cariani, Brooks Ashmanskas, Brian d’Arcy James & Company)

Something Rotten Album- We See the Light

Another solid gold hit worthy of some solid gold dancing.

14. To Thine Own Self (John Cariani, Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle & Company)

Something Rotten Album- To Thine Own Self Be True

This song is deceiving ‘cause you’re like, 'Oh this is mostly an underscored book scene' and then bam, catchy tune.

15. Right Hand Man [Reprise] (Heidi Blickenstaff)

Something Rotten Album- Right Hand Man

16. Something Rotten!/ Make an Omelette (Brian d’Arcy James & Company)

Something Rotten- Omlette

What a joy! This song has a little bit of everything. Special shout-out to Marisha Wallace as Eggie White.

17. To Thine Own Self [Reprise] (Brian d’Arcy James & John Cariani)

Something Rotten Album- To Thine Own Self Be True- Brian d'arcy James

Such a sweet song, and the perfect time to talk about how flawless Brian d'Arcy James sounds on this cast recording. That voice don't quit. Not even for a minute.

18. Finale (Company)

Something Rotten Cast Recording- Album Review

The verdict is in and honestly, 'Something Rotten!' is the best score of the Broadway season. It's timeless, it's funny and it's an album you're going to want to listen to front to back over and over. #AnInstantClassic

The 10-time Tony Award-nominated musical Something Rotten! continues at Broadway’s St. James Theatre.