By SETH RUDETSKY
& JACK PLOTNICK
The Broadway musical comedy spoof of star-studded 1970s jeopardy movies like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport, premiered in London for two glittering gala concert charity performances to raise funds for The Make A Difference Trust at the Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 20 November.
“It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. But what begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love they’ve lost…or at least escape the killer rats! Set in the wildest decade ever, DISASTER! is packed with unforgettable 70s dancefloor hits including “I Will Survive”, “Knock On Wood,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”.
Starring its creator Broadway legend Seth Rudetsky who is once again playing Ted Scheider, the professor and “disaster expert” who tries to warn the others of the impending doom. Jennifer Simard is recreating her Tony-nominated role as gambling-addicted nun, Sister Mary Downy. The UK cast of top West End performers includes: Sally Ann Triplett, Sandra Marvin, Oliver Tompsett, Jodie Jacobs, Alice Fearn and Bradley Riches.
PREPARE TO DIE… LAUGHING
★★★★★ “The material is so strong that we must all hope that before too long we’ll be able to see a big budget, fully-staged production of this delightfully raucous musical comedy.” – Gay Times
★★★★★ “A knockout show… glitter, flares, medallions & chest hair – we need more Disaster! soon. Make it happen!” – The Spy In the Stalls
★★★★★ “A gloriously funny comedy. I can’t wait for (Another) Disaster! to hit the West End” – Stage Review
★★★★★ “One of theatre’s comedy events of the year – this is one disaster that the West End sorely needs” – Musical Theatre Review
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