Off-Broadway's DISASTER! Plays Final Performance Tonight
DISASTER!, the 1970s disaster movie musical comedy, will play its final performance Off-Broadway tonight, April 11th, after a smash six-month run at the St. Luke's Theatre (308 W. 46th Street). Disaster! began previews on October 14th, 2013 and opened to critical acclaim on November 4th, 2013. The musical, which performs in repertory with other productions at the St. Luke's Theatre, will have played 11 previews and 86 performances at the time of its closing.
Presented by Mary J. Davis, Disaster! is written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, directed by Mr. Plotnick, and has choreography by Denis Jones. A send-up of the 1970s disaster movie genre, DISASTER! features some of the best songs of the 1970s, including "Hot Stuff," "Don't Bring Me Down," "I Am Woman," "Alone Again Naturally," "Signed Sealed Delivered," "Knock On Wood," "Daybreak" "Sky High," and more.
It's 1979 and New York City's hottest partiers are blowing out their feathered hair and putting on their best polyester threads and platform shoes to head to the grand opening of the Barracuda, Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that their night of boogie fever will turn into a . . . DISASTER!
The cast of Disaster! currently features Max Crumm ("Grease: You're the One That I Want!"), Charity Dawson, Matt Farcher, Tom Riis Farrell (Chicago, Coram Boy, Dirty Blonde), Judy Gold (The Judy Show - My Life as a Sitcom, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother), David Hibbard (Elf, Billy Elliot, Spamalot), Sarah Litzsinger (Beauty and the Beast), Maggie McDowell, Seth Rudetsky (Sirius XM Radio, The Ritz), Jennifer Simard (Sister Act; Shrek; Spelling Bee; I Love You, You're Perfect . . . ), and Jonah Verdon. Playing multiple roles in the ensemble are Sherz Aletaha, Kristy Cavenaugh, and Saum Eskandani. Drew Geraci (The Scarlet Pimpernel, A Chorus Line) and Ashanti J'Aria (Saturday Night Fever) are the company swings.
During the past six months, other top-notch musical comedy talents appeared in the cast, including Mary Birdsong (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Haven Burton (Violet, Shrek, Legally Blonde), Paul Castree (9 to 5, Young Frankenstein), John Treacy Egan (Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Producers), Stacey Oristano (Truly Stone on "Bunheads," Mindy Riggins on "Friday Night Lights"), Michele Ragusa (Young Frankenstein, Urinetown), Robb Sapp (Shrek, Wicked), and two-time Tony Award® nominee Mary Testa (Wicked, Xanadu, 42nd Street, On the Town), as well as co-author and director Jack Plotnick.
DISASTER! earned an impressive list of celebrity fans during its run, including comedy legends such as Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Andrea Martin, and Joy Behar; pop stars Adam Lambert, Paul Schaffer and Fred Schneider, and Broadway stars such as Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster, Norbert Leo Butz, Laura Osnes, Christine Ebersole, Victor Garber, and Laura Benanti.
DISASTER! has set and lighting design by Josh Iacovelli, costume design by Brian Hemesath, and sound design by A&L Sound Partners. Larry Pressgrove is the Music Director, and Steve Marzullo is the Music Supervisor. Drew Geraci is the associate director and associate choreographer. Jeff Davolt is the Production Stage Manager, and Jeremy Geller is the ASM.
Photo Credit: Drew Geraci