From Romeo to Rotten

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Eighth-grade students in Mrs. Gisondi’s English classes recently saw the Tony-nominated Broadway musical “Something Rotten.” After reading Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, the musical coincided with the time of study. Set in the 1590s the musical is about the brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom who 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 theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.