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* ShoutOut: Dozens and dozens of them. Just try to find a musical that isn't referenced by this show.

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* ShoutOut: Dozens and dozens of them. Just try to find a musical that isn't referenced by this show. If you want to test someone’s knowledge of musicals, play them “A Musical” and see how many references they spotted.

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* DoubleEntendre: The song 'Bottom's Gonna Be On Top' is pretty much just a five and half minute long innuendo.


* BigBrotherWorship: Nigel greatly admires his older brother, Nick, and considers him one of his heroes alongside [[{{Fanboy}} Shakespeare]]. However, during the production of "Omelet", [[BrokenPedestal doubts begin to arise which lead to them having a falling out]]. [[ReforgedPedestal By the end of the play, they manage to reconcile]].

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* BigBrotherWorship: Nigel greatly admires his older brother, Nick, and considers him one of his heroes alongside [[{{Fanboy}} Shakespeare]]. However, during the production of "Omelet", [[BrokenPedestal doubts begin to arise which lead to them having a falling out]]. [[ReforgedPedestal [[RebuiltPedestal By the end of the play, they manage to reconcile]].


* ArmoredClosetGay: Brother Jeremiah portrays himself as a staunch Puritan, if only to hide the fact that he's really, really homosexual (or, judging by the fact he has a daughter, bisexual).



* BigBrotherWorship: Nigel greatly admires his older brother, Nick, and considers him one of his heroes alongside [[{{Fanboy}} Shakespeare]]. However, during the production of "Omelet", [[BrokenPedestal doubts begin to arise which lead to them having a falling out]]. [[ReforgedPedestal By the end of the play, they manage to reconcile]].



* ClosetGay: Brother Jeremiah portrays himself as a staunch Puritan, if only to hide the fact that he's really, really homosexual (or, judging by the fact he has a daughter, bisexual).



* GreenEyedMonster: In his reprise of "God, I Hate Shakespeare", Nick admits that his hatred of the Bard is mostly because Shakespeare is everything Nick wishes he could be.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nick is kind of a jerk, but he loves his family.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Nick is kind of a jerk, but he loves his family.family and only wants to provide for them.


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* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: Shakespeare's song, "Hard To Be The Bard", shows that despite being considered the best playwright in England, upholding his reputation is a challenge he faces on a daily basis.
-->'''Shakespeare''': ''"I know writing made me famous, but being famous is just so much more fun!"''


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* {{Pride}}: Possibly Nick's fatal flaw. He refuses to accept his wife's help, and gets blinded by his own ego during the Second Act.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The show doesn't [[StealthPun shy]] away from acknowledging the rampant anti-Semitism in the Elizabethan era.

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* HypocriticalHumor: In "A Musical", Nick scoffs at the entire idea of a musical...by singing about it.


The show premiered on Broadway in 2015, featuring Brian D'arcy James as Nick, John Cariani as Nigel, Christian Borle as Shakespeare, and Brad Oscar as Nostradamus. Heidi Blickenstaff plays Nick's wife, Bea, and Kate Reinders plays Nigel's love interst, Portia.

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The show premiered on Broadway in 2015, featuring Brian D'arcy James as Nick, John Cariani as Nigel, Christian Borle Creator/ChristianBorle as Shakespeare, and Brad Oscar as Nostradamus. Heidi Blickenstaff plays Nick's wife, Bea, and Kate Reinders plays Nigel's love interst, Portia.


It's TheNineties! [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance The 1590s, that is.]] [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] is in his prime and is beloved by everyone in London. Everyone, that is, except Nick Bottom, a playwright who just doesn't understand Shakespeare's appeal and wishes he had his fame. Desperate to write a good play, he goes to see a soothsayer named Nostradamus (no, not that Nostradamus, his nephew Thomas) to find out what the future of theatre holds. Nostradamus tells him that in the future, theatre will involve singing and dancing. So, Nick and his brother/writing partner Nigel set out to write the world's first musical.

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It's TheNineties! [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance The 1590s, that is.]] [[WilliamShakespeare [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] is in his prime and is beloved by everyone in London. Everyone, that is, except Nick Bottom, a playwright who just doesn't understand Shakespeare's appeal and wishes he had his fame. Desperate to write a good play, he goes to see a soothsayer named Nostradamus (no, not that Nostradamus, his nephew Thomas) to find out what the future of theatre holds. Nostradamus tells him that in the future, theatre will involve singing and dancing. So, Nick and his brother/writing partner Nigel set out to write the world's first musical.

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* ButHeSoundsHandsome: When Bea appears at court dressed as a lawyer, she declares, "Nick Bottom's wife, who is a loving, kind, compassionate, patient woman," then turns to the court clerk and says, "Make sure you write all that down!"


-->''[[spoiler: "You have your poets, Father,(turns to Nigel) and I will have mine."]]

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-->''[[spoiler: "You have your poets, Father,(turns to Nigel) and I will have mine."]]"]]''

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* AsTheGoodBookSays: [[spoiler: Portia quotes from Psalms when she tells her father of her decision to join Nigel in the colonies.]]
-->''[[spoiler: "You have your poets, Father,(turns to Nigel) and I will have mine."]]


* TheMole: Shakespeare joins Nick's troupe as an actor named "Toby" in order to find out about more about Nick's apparently-brilliant new play.

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* TheMole: Shakespeare joins Nick's troupe as an actor named "Toby" [[Theater/TwelfthNight "Toby Belch"]] in order to find out about more about Nick's apparently-brilliant new play.



** Nick Bottom, Portia, and Shylock all share names with characters from Shakespeare's works. It's implied with the prior two that Shakespeare appropriated their names and it's outright stated with the latter.

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** Nick Bottom, Portia, and Shylock all share names with characters from Shakespeare's works. It's implied with the prior two that Shakespeare appropriated their names and it's outright stated with the latter. Shakespeare's own mole name, "Toby Belch" is shared by a drunken, boorish man from ''Twelfth Night''.


It's TheNineties! [[TheRenaissance The 1590s, that is.]] [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] is in his prime and is beloved by everyone in London. Everyone, that is, except Nick Bottom, a playwright who just doesn't understand Shakespeare's appeal and wishes he had his fame. Desperate to write a good play, he goes to see a soothsayer named Nostradamus (no, not that Nostradamus, his nephew Thomas) to find out what the future of theatre holds. Nostradamus tells him that in the future, theatre will involve singing and dancing. So, Nick and his brother/writing partner Nigel set out to write the world's first musical.

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It's TheNineties! [[TheRenaissance [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance The 1590s, that is.]] [[WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] is in his prime and is beloved by everyone in London. Everyone, that is, except Nick Bottom, a playwright who just doesn't understand Shakespeare's appeal and wishes he had his fame. Desperate to write a good play, he goes to see a soothsayer named Nostradamus (no, not that Nostradamus, his nephew Thomas) to find out what the future of theatre holds. Nostradamus tells him that in the future, theatre will involve singing and dancing. So, Nick and his brother/writing partner Nigel set out to write the world's first musical.

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* ClosetGay: Brother Jeremiah portrays himself as a staunch Puritan, if only to hide the fact that he's really, really homosexual (or, judging by the fact he has a daughter, bisexual).


* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted. Shylock, although he is, unlike his namesake in Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice, a "really, really nice Jew," is hated by everyone, and is forced into the rather unsavory profession of moneylending because it's the only job Jews are allowed to have.

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* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted. Shylock, although he is, unlike his namesake in Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice, a "really, really nice Jew," is hated by everyone, and is forced into the rather unsavory profession of moneylending because it's the only job Jews are allowed to have. TruthInTelevision, as Anti-Semitism was prevalent during this period.

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