Tony Nominee Will Swenson Joins DISASTER! Tonight

By: Apr. 29, 2016
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Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Hair, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will assume the role of Tony Delvecchio for nine performances only in Broadway's critically acclaimed musical comedy Disaster! beginning performances tonight, April 29, through Friday, May 6 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).

Due to a shooting schedule, Tony Award winner and 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Roger Bart left the production last night, April 28, and will return to the role beginning Saturday, May 7.

Disaster! co-writer and star Seth Rudetsky said, "When I was at Will and Audra McDonald's wedding, part of me was thinking, 'He's so funny and handsome. Perfect for Audra!' As well as, 'He's so funny and handsome. Perfect to play Tony in Disaster!.'"

Will Swenson returns to Broadway following his critically acclaimed run as Javert in the revival of LES MISERABLES. Swenson's Broadway credits include his Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated performance in Hair, his Drama League Award nominated performance in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, 110 in the Shade, Lestat and Brooklyn. His Off-Broadway credits include Little Miss Sunshine, Murder Ballad, the original cast of Rock of Ages, Adrift in Macao and Two Gentleman of Verona.

Directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, Disaster! stars Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu), three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys & Dolls), Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York (Victor/Victoria), three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky (SiriusXM's "Seth's Big Fat Broadway"), Four-Time Drama Desk Award nominee and 2016 Drama League Award nominee Jennifer Simard (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Max Crumm (Grease), Baylee Littrell and Lacretta Nicole and ensemble members Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip, Catherine Ricafort and Brandon Rubendall.

Come hell or high water, Disaster! is Broadway's new musical comedy . Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and rampant wildlife can't stop an outrageous cast of characters from dancing, gambling and singing the night away aboard New York's first floating casino and discothèque. Disaster! features some of the most memorable pop, rock and disco hits of the 1970s, including "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," "Knock On Wood," "Daybreak" and more.

Disaster! features scenic design by Tony Award nominee Tobin Ost (Newsies), costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (The Producers, Hairspray),lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher) and sound design by Mark Menard (Jane Eyre).

Disaster! features music direction by Steve Marzullo, fight direction by Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordelet, orchestrations by Joseph Joubert, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, dance arrangements by David Dabbon, music coordination by Charles Gordon and choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock).

Disaster! is produced by Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell/LD Entertainment, Hunter Arnold, James Wesley, Carl Daikeler and Burba Hayes in association with Stephen CuUnjieng, Katherine Ann McGregor, Mary J. Davis and William Megevick/In Fine Company.