Disaster Summary

  • Disaster is 2 Hours long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
  • 8 Shows per week
  • Previews Began: February 9, 2016
  • Opens March 8, 2016
  • Show Closed: May 8, 2016

Disaster takes place aboard a floating casino boat that is sequentially struck with a series of catastrophe including an earthquake, a gigantic tidal wave, an inferno and a huge swarm of bees. The show is self-consciously ditsy, featuring an outrageous cast dancing and singing the night away afloat the sailing casino and discotheque, despite the series of crazy accidents that hit them.

Disaster on Broadway Background

The musical has a book written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick. Seth Rudetsky, who also stars in the musical, is best known for hosting the afternoon Broadway Sirius XM radio show, and was also an Emmy-nominated comedy writer for The Rosie O’Donnell Show, a writer for the Grammy Awards, and the creator of the opening numbers for the Tony Awards in 1998 and 2000. Jack Plotnick, who also directs the show, is best known for his acting roles on shows including Ellen and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Alongside Rudetsky, the cast includes a number of high-profile Broadway stars, including Tony winners Faith Prince and Robert Bart, Tony Award nominees Adam Pascal, Kevin Chamberlin, and Kerry Butler, Drama Desk winner Rachel York, and Drama Desk nominee Jennifer Simard. Disaster! is a jukebox musical, featuring familiar 70s tunes including “Knock on Wood,” “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman,” and “Daybreak.” The show received positive reviews in its Off Broadway runs, with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times declaring that Disaster! really earns that exclamation point.

What’s Disaster Like?

Disaster! is a new musical that comes to Broadway following two Off-Broadway runs, first at the Triad Theatre in 2012, followed by a six month run at St. Luke’s Theatre in 2013. Disaster! is a parody style musical of disaster movies from the 1970s, such as Airport 1975 and The Poseidon Adventure. The choreography is done by Joann M. Hunter, who also choreographed On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Curtains and the huge seller School of Rock – the Musical. Using popular songs from the time period including hits like Knock on Wood and Hot Stuff, Disaster! pays comic tribute to the iconic disaster movies of the 1970s, ensuring a very fun night in the theatre.

Is Disaster Good for Kids?

The show may be inappropriate for children ages 9 and under due to moderate language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Theatre Information

Nederlander Theatre

208 West 41st Street
New York, NY 10019
Seats: 1,232
Entrance: 41st Street between 7th and 8th avenues
Theatre Information

Nederlander Theatre Seating Chart

Cast Members

Tony
Roger Bart
Marianne
Kerry Butler
Maury
Kevin Chamberlin
Chad
Adam Pascal
Shirley
Faith Prince
Jackie
Rachel York
Professor Ted Scheider
Seth Rudetsky
Sister Mary Downy
Jennifer Simard
Scott
Max Crumm

Producers

Jim Burba

Robert Ahrens

Bob Hayes

Mickey Liddell at LD Entertainment

Hunter Arnold

James Wesley

Associate Producers:

Stephen CuUnjieng

Katherine McGregor

Mary J Davis

William Megevick

In Fine Company

Production Credits

Direction
Jack Plotnick
Scenic Design
Tobin Ost
Costume Design
William Ivey Long
Lighting Design
Jeff Croiter
Choreography
JoAnn Hunter
Orchestrations
Joseph Joubert
Musical Direction
Steve Marzullo
Book
Seth Rudetsky + Jack Plotnick
Production Stage Manager
Paul J Smith

Creative Team

General Manager
Christopher Aniello + Robert Ahrens
Casting Director
Tara Rubin Casting
Company Manager
James Brady
Production Manager
Brian Lynch
Advertising Representative
Serino Coyne
Press Agent
Polk & Co