Riverdale Repertory Company presents DISASTER!

Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the disco era take center stage in a side-splitting homage to classic 1970s disaster films. Riverdale Repertory Company proudly presents the first post-Broadway New York City production of DISASTER! for four performances only:

Performances will be held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA, located at 5625 Arlington Avenue (just off of Riverdale Avenue and West 256th Street), in Riverdale, Bronx, NY.

Advance tickets are $12 (students/seniors) and $20 (adults) and may be purchased by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838.3006 or online at www.riverdaley.org/boxoffice. Day-of-show tickets may be purchased at the door prior to showtime for $14 (students and seniors) and $22 (adults).

To the tune of nearly three dozen of the Me Decade's biggest pop hits, including "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," "Never Can Say Goodbye," "I Will Survive," and many more, DISASTER! exuberantly pokes fun at 70s cult films like The Poseidon Adventure, Airport 1975, and The Towering Inferno. DISASTER! was written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick based on a concept by Rudetsky and Drew Geraci, who also contributed additional material.

DISASTER! played three successful Off-Broadway runs, and its 2016 Tony-nominated run on Broadway was praised as a New York Times Critic's Pick. Time Out New York gave the show five stars out of five, and said "I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud at the theater as often as I did at DISASTER!"

DISASTER! THE MUSICAL is directed by Riverdale YM-YWHA Director of Performing Arts Laurie Walton, assisted by Yanniv Frank, with choreography by Michael Brown, and music direction by Bob Walton. The design team includes Eric Zoback (Set Design), Penelope Margeotes (Costume Design), David Pentz (Lighting Design), and Eric Franklin (Sound Design).

The cast includes Robin Aleman, Joy Arzaga. Doug Bagnasco, Esther H. Cohen, Wylie Jay Cohen, Sara Crowe. Mona Cushnie-Walker, Jim DeBlasi, Patrick Dwyer, Sandra Ehrlich,Thelma Etheridge, Neri Frank, Ahesha Fullwood, William Giaccone, Zoe Giaccone, Joe Gonzalez, Elaine Helmrich, Timothy Mathis, Ginger Macalagh, Aviva Michaeli, Laura Michaeli, John Palacio, Marilyn Raider, Benjamin Shapiro, and Joanie Gardiner Varela.

Riverdale Rising Stars was created to provide the teens of the Riverdale community and beyond a professional repertory company experience. Since its inception in 2000, the organization has expanded its programming to include Rising Stars Jr., Riverdale Repertory Company, and the Riverdale Performing Arts Conservatory (RPAC), an educational program for adults and children. Of greatest importance is the way that all build self-esteem, learn enormous respect for others, develop camaraderie and create lifelong friendships. Together, these award-winning companies provide a world of expression, passion and creativity for all ages.

The 2017-2018 theatre season at the Riverdale YM-YWHA will be announced soon. For more information on all performing arts programs at the Y, visit www.RiverdaleRisingStars.com.

The mission of the Riverdale YM-YWHA is to be the hub that brings together members of the Jewish and wider community. At the Y, individuals and families of all backgrounds and abilities gather to grow, to learn, and to deepen their understanding of themselves and their connections to one another. Rooted in Jewish values, our cultural, social, educational, health and wellness programs offer members of all ages multiple pathways into the richness of our local community life. Through our programs and partnerships, we strive to improve the quality of life in the Riverdale community and celebrate its uniqueness and its diversity. www.RiverdaleY.org

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