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Disaster! (2016)

Compositeur: *** Divers

Parolier: *** Divers

Librettiste: Jack Plotnick • Seth Rudetsky

Disaster! parodies and pays comedic tribute to the genre of 1970s disaster films. In this musical, a group of New Yorkers attends the opening of a floating casino and discothèque that quickly succumbs to multiple disasters.

Everything that can go wrong will go wrong in Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's Disaster!, a raucously silly spoof of the 1970's favorite breed of blockbuster - the disaster movie. Ramping up the cheese to dangerous levels, this jukebox musical soundtracks the ever-escalating action with some of the decade's smoothest numbers, including 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours' by Stevie Wonder and Barry Manilow's 'Daybreak'

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


Disaster! takes place in 1979 Manhattan during opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discothèque in New York. The characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of impending natural disasters, and the building's lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes. Notably, the casino's structure was built on a fault line, which causes earthquakes throughout the show. The plot follows several characters' dynamics and interactions throughout the opening night as they deal with various plot elements reminiscent of 1970s disaster cult films such as The Poseidon Adventure and Airport 1975.


1 Disaster! peut-être considéré comme un juke-box musical autour de la musique de Tubes des années '70


Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The origins of Disaster! go back to the early 1990s. While working together in 1992, Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci developed the concept of creating a musical reminiscent of the 70s disaster films they both appreciated. The original storyline involved the New York City blackout of 1977 and incorporated the decade’s top songs as both musical numbers and vehicles for comedy.

The concept was left largely untouched until Rudetsky was asked in 2011 to put on a show benefiting the nonprofit organization Only Make Believe. Rudetsky decided to return to his disaster musical idea for the benefit, and in the span of three months, he and Jack Plotnick revised the concept and wrote the first script of Disaster!. Major changes included widening the plot’s range. Instead of focusing on one disaster, the NYC blackout, they decided to introduce a variety of catastrophes common to the popular films of the 1970s that they had grown up watching. The benefit show successfully impressed critics, and from its success, the musical later had a nine show Off-Off-Broadway run before being made into an Off-Broadway production.

A Broadway production directed by Plotnick is slated to open in March 2016 at the Nederlander Theatre, with an all-star cast and choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter. The show is produced by Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell/LD Entertainment, Hunter Arnold, James Wesley and Jim Burba and Bob Hayes.



Liste des chansons

Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder
Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor
Feelings by Morris Albert
Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd
He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother by The Hollies
Alone Again (Naturally) by Gilbert O'Sullivan
Don't Cry Out Loud by Elkie Brooks and Melissa Manchester
I Am Woman by Helen Reddy
Daybreak by Barry Manilow

Liste des rôles

Ted Scheider: A professor and "disaster expert" who tries to warn the others of the impending doom.
Tony Delvecchio: The deceitful owner of the casino. He is preoccupied with his love affair with Jackie.
Chad: A flirtatious caterer at the casino who was previously engaged to Marianne.
Scott: Friend of Chad's and also a caterer at the casino.
Marianne: Reporter and ex-fiancee of Chad. She left him to pursue her career.
Jackie: Lounge singer and mother. Tony is her love interest.
Ben & Lisa: Jackie's identical twins.
Levora: One-hit wonder hoping to make it big in the casino as a headliner.
Sister Mary: A nun with a gambling addiction.
Maury: The devoted husband of Shirley.
Shirley: The wife of Maury.

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Versions du musical

Versions majeures de Disaster!

Version 1

Disaster! (2013-04-St. Luke's Theatre-Off Broadway) (Original)
Durée : 1 an 6 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 11 avril 2013
Première : jeudi 11 avril 2013
Dernière : mardi 04 novembre 2014
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie : Denis Jones
Avec :
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Version 2

Disaster! (2016-03-Nederlander Theatre-Broadway) (Original Broadway)
Durée : 3 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mardi 09 février 2016
Première : mardi 08 mars 2016
Dernière : dimanche 03 juillet 2016
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie : Denis Jones
Avec : Roger Bart (Tony), Kerry Butler (Marianne), Kevin Chamberlin (Maury), Adam Pascal (Chad), Faith Prince (Shirley), Rachel York (Jackie), Seth Rudetsky (Ted Scheider), Jennifer Simard (Sister Mary Downy), Max Crumm (Scott), Lacretta Nicole (Levora), Baylee Littrell, Paul Castree, Manoel Felciano, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip et Catherine Ricafort
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