Something’s rotten in 1595. Find out when the national tour of the Broadway smash makes its way to Long Island. Follow along with Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwright brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. 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 do just that. Of course, they’re up against that preening theatrical star Will Shakespeare, so this Elizabethan duo decides to create a bold new genre — called a musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, this satirical send-up of the musical form is outrageously silly, with a good time had by all, including the performers. And, of course, Shakespeare is none too pleased at what these brothers have in store in their efforts to outdo Will. This Shakespearean spoof is a high-energy romp from start to finish.
Saturday, March 16, 2 and 8 p.m. $89, $69, $59, $49. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, Route 25A, Brookville. (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com or www.tillescenter.org.
Dublin City Ramblers
These guys are the real deal, stopping on Long Island for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend treat. Spanning 35 years, the Ramblers continue to thrill audiences worldwide with their unique blend of ballads, folk, wit and foot-tapping music since their first incarnation in the ‘60s as The Tinkers. These renowned balladeers, who became the Ramblers in 1972, continue to share their acclaimed musicianship, reflecting the heartbeat of Dublin, where they make their home. Led by original singer Sean McGuinness on banjo and mandolin, the trio will perform classics such as “Whiskey in The Jar,” “The Wild Rover,” “Molly Malone,” “The Ferryman,” “The Rare Ould Times,” and “Flight of the Earls.” The prolific band brings the essence of their Irish countrymen with them everywhere they perform.
Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m. $40. My Father’s Place at the Roslyn Hotel, 1221 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn. (516) 413- 3535 or www.myfathersplace.com.