Are You an Egghead? 5 Breaking Stories From BroadwayCon's Something Rotten! Panel | Playbill

News Are You an Egghead? 5 Breaking Stories From BroadwayCon's Something Rotten! Panel When the leading men of Something Rotten! sat down with Caroline Rhea, audiences were treated to a Broadway version of the dating game. Hear the untold stories of the show's dreamiest men. Here are five things you didn't know, but should, about the hit musical.


1. Something Rotten! fans are Eggheads...and moderator Caroline Rhea is one of them.
"I'm obsessed with Something Rotten!" she said before she even introduced panelists Brian d'Arcy James, Christian Borle and John Cariani. "To me, we're doing the Renaissance Dating Game." When the trio sat down she asked what superfans of the show were called. "They tried Rotteneers, but that never really took off," said James. "Eggheads!" someone from the audience shouted. "Cause when you look at these men you kind of ovulate?" asked Rhea. She admitted to seeing the show three times already with plans to go back. "That's not too stalkery, right?"

John Cariani, Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James and Caroline Rhea Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

2. Brian d’Arcy James Got a New Nickname
When asked "What's your sign?" the following exchange took place:

BDJ: Cancer, I wear my house on my back.
CB: That's a snail, I think.
BDJ: Yes, I'm a snail cancer.
CB: That's your new nickname. Snail Cancer. Ole SC.

3. The Leading Men Are (Probably) Here to Stay
When asked when the men would decide to leave something they love, Cariani, having already said earlier that this is his favorite role he's ever played, answered, "We're in the middle of finding out we're being invited to extend. I don't know how much I can say, but I do know many of us are going to stay on for a while. I'm happy to stay on for a while." Borle concurred, "I love it there. I want to stick around for a while. It's a happy, happy place to work."

4. Christian Borle May Have Great Guns, But Brian d’Arcy James Does a Great Walken
"What's going on with the guns?" asked Rhea. "When I rounded forty, I read in a journal that if you don't get exercise, you die." Talk of Christian Borle's biceps turned into talk of Peter Pan Live! Rhea asked about working with Christopher Walken and a particular moment when he sat on a hot mushroom. She was certain it really had been [scalding] and he had really been surprised. Borle said no, every single moment of a Walken performance is absolutely rehearsed and set. Those are just his choices. His particular speech pattern leads the audience to believe that other actors don't know what he's going to say next. They do..they're just waiting on him to say it. Then Brian d'Arcy James busted out a spot-on impersonation of Walken.

John Cariani, Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James and Caroline Rhea Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

5. Even Celebrities Have Stage Door Moments With Other Celebrities
The panelists were asked about their most memorable stage door moments. "I saw M. Butterfly when I was in college and visiting New York. I was acting as a hobby, and I just saw this incredible show," says d'Arcy James. He remembers standing at the stage door to see if any actors came out when B.D. Wong emerged, signed some autographs, put on his backpack and hat, and walked away into Times Square. “It blew my mind. I was able to reconcile the person with the amazing thing that just happened within the four walls of that theatre. That he was just a person.” 
John Cariani’s moment happened not too long ago. "I was leaving the theatre, and this man yelled from a back of a car window...'John! John! I want you to know that was a beautiful show and a beautiful performance. Please tell Brian it was just amazing!' 'What's the matter? You look confused,' someone said to Cariani as the car drove away. He was. 'Don't you know who that was?' He didn’t. 'That was Nathan Lane!' While the audience laughs at him Cariani defends himself quickly saying that Lane was wearing a baseball cap and...and... 'This is the first I'm hearing of this!' said d’Arcy James. 'I thought I told you!' 'No, this is the first. Thank you, BroadwayCon.'

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