“Disaster!” Set to strike Broadway!
Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, January 22, 2016
Batten down the hatches! Disaster! is coming to Broadway.
The fresh, funny new musical comedy directed by Jack Plotnick, with book by Plotnick and the creative and outrageous Seth Rudetsky, begins previews at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 West 41st Street, on Tuesday, February 9 and opens on March 8 for a limited engagement.
The show stars Tony Award winner Roger Bart (The Producers), Tony nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu), three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Tony nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys & Dolls), Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York (Victor/Victoria), and Rudetsky, three time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee. Max Crumm (Grease) and four-time Drama Desk nominee Jennifer Simard (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) reprise the roles they originally played Off-Broadway, and Baylee Litrell, Lacretta Nicole, Paul Castree, Tony nominee Manoel Felciano (Sweeney Todd), Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip, and Catherine Ricafort round out the cast.
Disaster! debuted at the Triad Theatre (now Stage 72) on January 22, 2013 and ran through March 25. A second production played from November 2013 through April 2014 at New York’s St. Luke’s Theatre. Now, with a pack of positive reviews from its off-Broadway incarnation, it’s on to Broadway.
Disaster! draws on plot lines of 1970s disaster films, including Earthquake, The Swarm, The Poseidon Adventure, and Airport, among others; adds a generous supply of earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos, along with killer bees, rats, sharks and piranhas; mixes in some of the most popular songs of the decade, like “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman,” “Knock On Wood,” “Hot Stuff,” “Alone Again, Naturally,” and Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.