Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Disaster! A Musical

From 662 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

About the show

Set in the wild 1970s, 'Disaster!' is a comedic new musical that delivers earthquakes, tidal waves, dancing, gambling and infernos. More…

'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 of the building's lack of safety measures.

2h 0m | Already closed | Nederlander Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (662)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious, Quirky
75
Avg Score

50
Fluffy, Energetic, Dated, Banal, Well-sung

See it if you love good voices, regardless of the material. Silliness reigns, but there's lots of talent. Seems wasteful, but the crowd liked it.

Don't see it if you want more than a star-showcase. This comedy is broad, fluffy, inane. You'll laugh a bit, and leave with the songs in your head.

25
Excruciating, Indulgent, Insipid, Banal, Disappointing

See it if You like totally mindless fluff with a dream cast that unfortunately never gets to show any of their talent. One fun character, the nun.

Don't see it if You have ANYTHING else to do. Stupid book. Forced songs that are crammed in for non existent punch lines. Worst waste of talent and time!

5
Banal, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Embarrassing

See it if you are paid a lot of money to do so.

Don't see it if you have ANYTHING else to do for 2 hours. (Don't see it even if you have nothing else to do.)

80
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You love campy musicals and 1970s disco music.

Don't see it if You're interested in heavier, more dramatic fare.

10
Banal, Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a play that makes your high school Christmas pageant look highly professional.

Don't see it if you other options on your must-see list.

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you love silly, 70s music and wonderful sight gags. Some of the singers are terrific.

Don't see it if you are looking for a story you can sink your teeth into or want to hear new music .

94
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You like to have fun in the theatre. It isn't a serious musical like Next to Normal. It is just pure 100% fun. I dare you to NOT laugh!

Don't see it if You are a theatre snob and can't be bothered seeing anything that isn't profound. Don't see it if you are looking for the perfect date night

64
Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you want a 70s jukebox musical with little substance

Don't see it if you want a production with substance

82
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You love period/genre spoofs. I saw this both on and off Broadway. Jennifer Simard was BRILLIANT! Cleaver and fun song choices. A hoot!

Don't see it if You are looking for high production values. I was hoping that the broadway transfer would step them up in a funny way, but sadly it didn't.

85
Dizzying, Funny, Campy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you're looking for an escape back to the 70s (Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake) & all that great music. No disappointments!

Don't see it if silly/campy shows don't entertain you. It's not a "heavy" show. Although it could have been successfully mounted OFF-bdwy, it's great fun.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if Like spoofs. Really stupid but funny stupid. Songs from the 60's woven through. Lots of props. Audience hysterically laughing. Clever.

Don't see it if If you want serious stuff. Must be in the mood for lighthearted stuff. Almost like a series if sketches.

40
Dated, Disappointing, Funny, Quirky, Excruciating

See it if you love 1970s comedy movies parody and songs.

Don't see it if you want a better show.

83
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if Fun throwback show... Yay 70's! And all that A list talent!

Don't see it if You can't handle campy.

91
Goofy, silly and hilarious, Not shakespeare but not trying to be, You'll never look at nuns the same way after this, Delightful

See it if You've had enough of all the depressing news in the world and are ready to laugh.

Don't see it if You don't know who Donna Summer was.

78
Stupid, but funny, Hilarious, Fluffy, Not meant to be taken seriously

See it if you like silly humor that pokes fun at every 1970's disaster movie ever made using a hit songbook of 70's music.

Don't see it if what I described above does not appeal

Also This was probably the stupidest Broadway show I have ever seen, but I ... Read more Read less

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if Two hours of escapism and nostalgic music. The casting is a coup..., and Jennifer Simard steals it.

Don't see it if Not a fan of satire, wit and silliness.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Campy

See it if You love disco era music (who doesn't), if you want to LOL, if you just want a fun night out w/o deep, profound thinking. Ignore critics!

Don't see it if You don't like disco, or weren't born close to that time. If you expect Hamilton or you don't enjoy campy production. The. Stay home!

90
Entertaining, Great staging, Quirky

See it if If you like funny and quirky comedy shows. Also if you like the music of the 70's! It is just a great show to go see! Already saw it 2 times

Don't see it if you want a serious show. This is supposed to make you laugh.

1
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Cliched

See it if you enjoy walking out of a show at intermission

Don't see it if you have an ounce of intelligence

51
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Fluffy

See it if you love 70s music and don't like thinking

Don't see it if you think theatre should matter

82
Clever, Ambitious, Funny, Original, Quirky

See it if Pitch Perfect cast. Jennifer Simard. 70's soundtrack. When jokes hit they are out of the park

Don't see it if When jokes miss its a titanic strikeout. Can be seen as mercilessly stupid by those who do not have the sense of humor needed to appreciate

75
Entertaining, Campy

See it if you like a light show that does not take itself too seriously. First rate production with professional performances.

Don't see it if you want serious theater and do not know songs of 70s-80s. Could be a tad shorter.

69
Banal, Cliched, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you like ultra campy take on 1970's era disaster films, set to a score of disco hits; if you like really silly jokes and gags.

Don't see it if you dislike camp, dislike musicals where the songs are not only non-original for that show, but are mostly not performed in their entirety

45
Banal, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you can't bear to miss this many Broadway stars on one stage or have a love of disco & disaster movies.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through something that's twice as long and half as funny as it needs to be.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if You like lively music and a show with comedy

Don't see it if You don't like a fun time


March 8th, 2016
"'Disaster!' will provide a rush of giddy nostalgia that’s just as pleasurable, at times, as the more substantial rewards of the musical theater’s higher-reaching shows...'Disaster!' has such a sensational cast that musical lovers incognizant of the guilty pleasures of the movies being lampooned ...
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March 8th, 2016
“Put 'The Poseidon Adventure,' 'Earthquake' and 'Airplane!' in a blender; add 30 pop hits from the 1970s; stir in a seasoned cast of Broadway pros...This is the recipe for 'Disaster!', a lovably scrappy and often deliciously silly jukebox-musical spoof…Simard is divinely funny; she’s giving one o...
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March 8th, 2016
“It’s possible to imagine that its charms seemed large in those Off Broadway spaces. They do not in the 1,230-seat Nederlander, where a big and ugly set frames a tiny entertainment that should probably have been left in a basement rec room...The humor is entirely based on this shoehorning techniq...
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March 8th, 2016
"This is one of those musical comedies in which everyone tends to stand around inertly as a gag gets played out or a song gets sung. It's also the type of disposable send-up that can play like gangbusters in a scrappy dive theater with tacky sets, but looks cheap and desperate in a big house…That...
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