MCCC – Kelsey Theater Announces Musical “Something Rotten!” 21st of October

Windsor West Maurer Productions OnStage is pleased to present the hilarious Shakespeare-inspired musical “Something Rotten!” at Mercer County Community College’s Kelsey Theater. The show runs from October 21 to October 30 with a streaming option from October 28 to 30.

“Audiences are sure to roll down the aisles,” said Kelsey Theater Artistic Director Mr. Kitty Getlik.

Set in the 1590s, “Something Rotten” is a hilarious, historical tale with a wacky cast of over-the-top characters, an impressive song, dance numbers, and lots and lots of eggs. If you like Shakespeare, you’ll love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!

It’s the story of two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play (and who happen to be the enemies of that Renaissance rock star, William Shakespeare). A local diviner predicts that the future of theater will involve something that has never been done before: singing, dancing and acting – all at the same time! The brothers then decide to write the very first musical comedy in the world!

TimeOut NY loved the Broadway premiere calling it “the funniest, flashiest, happiest musical on Broadway in at least 400 years”, and Associated press described the play as “…fresh, hysterical and irreverent”.

The cast includes Dan Keyser of Martinsville as Shakespeare; Rahway’s Zach Love as Nick Bottom; East Windsor’s Brian Johnston as Nigel Bottom; Princeton Junction’s Edward Liu as Nostradamus; Whiting’s Michelle Elaine Lucey as Bea; Hamilton’s Jim Morris as Brother Jeremiah; Kim Pearson of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania as Portia; Maria Keyser of Martinsville as a minstrel; Bob Abrahamson from Newtown, Pennsylvania as Shylock; Hamilton’s Christina Parke as Lady Clapham.

The male ensemble includes Stephen Brandt of Lawrenceville; Michael Zweig of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hamilton’s Nicholas Kianka, Pat Rounds, Christopher Schmalbach and Marc Suznovich; Connor McDowell of Levittown, Pennsylvania; and Dan Slothower of Bordentown.

The female ensemble includes Jennifer Boutros and Amanda Peterson of Lawrenceville; Allie G. Cohen of Jackson; Lori Howard of Mount Laurel; Sheilla Kraft and Abigail Oliver of Hamilton; Beverly Kuo-Hamilton and Marissa Michaels of Princeton; and Ewing’s Jenna Moschella.

The show is directed by John M. Maurer and produced by John M. Maurer and Diana Gilman Maurer. Other members of the production team include music director Laurie Gougher, choreographer Haley Schmalbach, master carpenter Jeff Cantor, lighting designer Judi Parrish, sound engineer Evan Paine, costume designer Anthony Remer and stage manager Melissa Gaynor.

Performance dates

Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 23 at 2 p.m.
Friday, October 28 at 8 p.m. (On-demand streaming also available)
Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. (On-demand streaming also available)
Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. (On-demand streaming also available)


Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students, seniors, and children. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Theater box office at 609-570-3333.

The Kelsey Theater is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available next to the building. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. For a complete listing of events, visit Kelsey’s website at

Please note that masks are recommended but not required in the theater.

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“At Kelsey Theater, we are committed to taking active steps to create true diversity, equity and inclusion in our productions through systemic policy change and individual accountability – aimed at fostering an inclusive environment for people of all races, genders, nationalities, creeds, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and abilities.–Kelsey’s team

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Kelsey Theater and Maurer OnStage present the hilarious musical “Something Rotten!” From October 21 to 30. The Kelsey Theater is located on the campus of Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333. (Pictured above, left to right: Marissa Michaels, Jenna Moschella and Amanda Peterson.) Photo credit: John M. Maurer


Zach Love stars as Nick in “Something Rotten,” the slap-happy comedy about two brothers trying to write a hit Renaissance musical production. Photo credit: John M. Maurer


Cast members rehearse for the upcoming production of the musical ‘Something Rotten’. (Pictured above from left: Jim Morris as Brother Jeremiah, Brian Johnston as Nigel, and Kim Pearson as Portia.) Photo credit: John M. Maurer

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