‘Something Rotten’ is coming to DPAC next week

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent 

   DURHAM – The national touring production of “Something  Rotten” is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center  (DPAC) starting Tuesday.
The Tony Award-winning production takes place during the  Renaissance and follows the journey of two brothers who  aspire to create the next great play. They visit a soothsayer who  predicts that the next big show will be a musical.
Fayetteville native Brian Kennedy is the music director and conductor for “Something Rotten.” Kennedy studied orchestration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) before moving to Los Angeles. While at UNC-G, Kennedy switched majors multiple times, but was always concentrating on music.
“I gained a lot of experiences in different (musical) fields,” he said. “I feel like it helped me become kind of a jack of all trades.”
What Kennedy loves most about being a musical director is the simple fun of it.
“It’s crafting a piece from nothing. I get to take something from the page and put it on its feet. It’s like how a cook treats a recipe. Each (music director) will bring the piece to life, but each way will sound different. We get to give our own flare to the piece.”
The breakthrough in Kennedy’s career began after moving to Los Angeles.
“I moved to L.A. for the big city experience,” he said. “I became a music assistant to Jason Robert Brown. He got me a lot of jobs and it really opened doors for me.”
When asked what his dream show to direct would be, Kennedy said, “this was one of them. The world of the arts is based on who you know, and I had a friend who was in the original Broadway cast. I mentioned to her one day that I would love to do the music for ‘Something Rotten.’ ”
From there, Kennedy related that his friend had mentioned his name to the writers of the show and he was able to get the position.
Kennedy enjoys the touring process as well. A lover of travel, Kennedy expressed his excitement of being able to spend a full week in different cities around the country and meet new people. He also is looking forward to coming back to North Carolina.
“It’ll definitely be good to be working here,” he said. “I can’t remember the last time I was in North Carolina for a whole week.”
When asked about his experience so far with “Something Rotten,” Kennedy had nothing but positive remarks.
“It’s great to work on a show that you enjoy watching each time it plays. I mean, by the time we’re done with this tour we will have done 700 shows.” According to Kennedy, ‘Something Rotten’ is a show that is filled with hilarity with no real meaning behind it — which is exactly why it should be seen. Its job is to make you laugh.”
Note: DPAC does not recommend this show for children under 8 years of age.

Ticket prices begin at $35. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 through Thursday, April 6; 8 p.m. April 7; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 8; and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. April 9. For more details, visit dpacnc.com.

Rachel Teseneer is a freshman at North Carolina State University and a Teens & 20s writer.


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