Something Rotten!, the 10-time Tony nominated show, will make its Philadelphia premiere on February 27 at the beautiful Academy of Music. The whimsical music comedy, written by brothers Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, is about two brothers who set off to write a musical together. We caught up with two of the stars, real-life local couple Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis, to see what viewers can expect from the show, and what they are most excited about showing their cast mates in the City of Brotherly Love.
PHILLY STYLE: Welcome [back] to Philadelphia! What are you most excited to experience during your time here?
Rob McClure: We’re super excited to share all of our Philly favorites--from restaurants to sites to museums--with our Something Rotten company. We are pretty hardcore Philly cheerleaders and tour guides!
PS: What can viewers expect from this show?
Maggie Lakis: To laugh! Seriously though, people can sit back relax and just laugh. And you don’t have to be a musical theater or Shakespeare scholar in order to enjoy yourself. We celebrate both while also lovingly making fun of them.
PS: What is it like to work with and star with your significant other?
ML: For us it’s a gift. We know each other better than anyone else on the planet. It’s wonderful to have that person with you onstage. There’s automatically that history and chemistry in order to play a couple.
PS: You were even engaged on stage! Can you tell us the story?
RM: It was on stage at The Forrest, but it was after a performance on the Avenue Q tour back in 2008. The theater had emptied out with the exception of a few crew members. Maggie’s favorite movie is E.T., so I left a trail of Reese’s Pieces from her dressing room to the empty stage where her childhood E.T. doll was holding the ring box. Our sound man hit the John William’s music right on cue. It was awesome. Thankfully, she said YES because we immediately headed to a surprise engagement party where the cast, family and friends were waiting.
PS: As a local, what have you noticed has changed about Philly in your time here?
ML: It’s been amazing to see how Philly has changed over the years. This is going back further, but I remember when Broad Street became The Avenue of the Arts. I love how Philly really invests and celebrates its arts and culture. We live near the East Passyunk neighborhood and it’s amazing how that street went from a few shops to its own restaurant district.
PS: What is different about this play from all the other plays you have been in?
RM: It’s a huge spectacle with lots of tap dancing. I know that’s surprising in a show about Shakespeare and the Renaissance, but trust me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the surprises in store for the audience. We can’t wait for our home city to see the show!