Brentwood Songwriter Helps Create Broadway Hit

Something Rotten!

Wayne Kirkpatrick calls Brentwood home but has seen success on Broadway. “Something Rotten!” music and lyrics were written by Wayne and his brother Karey, the book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick.

After a successful run on Broadway and receiving several Tony Award nominations, the musical is now on its first national tour in the US with a stop in Nashville at TPAC opening on Tuesday, June 27. The musical also received a GRAMMY nomination in 2016 for Best Musical Theatre Album.

Something Rotten! is set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare (Tony® nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. 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!

Watch our interview with Wayne Kirkpatrick as he shares more about the musical, what it means to have it playing right here in Nashville, and what he sees the future of theater in the area. Kirkpatrick also serves on the board of the  Franklin theater company –Studio Tenn. Purchase your tickets here for Something Rotten! opening on Tuesday, June 27 and running through Sunday, July 3.

Kirkpatrick moved to the area from Baton Rouge, Louisana where he attended Belmont University. He came to a town where he knew no one but quickly became involved in the music industry where he wrote songs and produced for Michael W. Smith, co-penned the Eric Clapton song, “Change the World” and wrote and produced songs for the country act Little Big Town.