Meet Autumn Hurlbert: Portia in ‘Something Rotten!,’ playing through February 18th at The National Theatre
I had the opportunity to speak with Autumn Hurlbert who slays the role of Portia in the hilarious musical ‘Something Rotten!,’ about her exciting life on the road with her family and fellow cast members.
I could feel Autumn’s upbeat energy the moment we started talking so it was no surprise that her exuberance spilled over on to the stage. Her character, Portia, falls in love with one of the Bottom brothers, a couple of playwrights searching for success in the theatrical world. Their only competition? A very contemporary Shakespeare! Hilarity ensues as the brothers try to out-write this “Russell Brand/Justin Beiber” version of The Bard. Whether or not you are a fan of Shakespeare, the incredibly clever lyrics and dialogue will keep you entertained and laughing throughout the whole show! The entire cast was brilliant and energetic, bringing a truly creative script to life! As described, “With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical,,SOMETHING ROTTEN! is a “big, fat hit!”(New York Post). 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! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, SOMETHING ROTTEN! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine).”