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.
"A gleefully silly experience that doesn't purport to be anything but. Though the show does run a bit long and some of the jokes are belabored to the point of exhaustion, it works surprisingly well precisely because it doesn't take itself seriously even for a second...With a title like 'Disaster!', Rudetsky and Plotnick are asking for it. But the mixture of a fabulous cast, winning self-effacement, and tunes we've been grooving to for 40 years lead to a perfect storm of enjoyment." Full Review
"'Disaster!' is a delightful musical that knows what it is and celebrates that with inexorable joy. It is smart enough to be an incisive parody of a film genre and still know how to be a successful parody of itself. It is difficult to imagine 'Disaster!' without its remarkable cast. Not one star or ensemble member is expendable. This is an impressive, near miraculous accomplishment and one not to be missed." Full Review
“The Broadway production is bigger, louder, funnier, and even better...Recast for the most part with a number of major league performers, this cartoon of a show is a perfect showcase for these interpreters of old-fashioned slapstick...The wonder of this show is that though the characters are archetypes they all also have dimensions that make us root for them…The score is comprised of classics that will undoubtedly bring smiles of recognition. What a delightful disaster this turned out to be.” Full Review
"'Disaster!' is the season's happiest, most charming surprise...This show lampoons everyone and everything in sight, and yet still makes us care about its lovable cast of off-the-wall characters. This is the best kind of campy comedy — the kind with a very big heart...'Disaster!' keeps spitballing one outlandish gag after another at the audience, a shocking number of which land." Full Review
"The laughs literally don’t stop...I’m always a big fan and love anything that makes fun of itself in the process. There aren’t many serious moments in this piece. It is a kind of funny that you won’t find anywhere else, though some jokes may be considered hackney and overused, 'Disaster!' doesn’t pretend they aren’t. In fact, 'Disaster!' keeps very aware of that very notion throughout the piece...You truly need to be open to the silly and absurd to enjoy yourself." Full Review
“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 of the funniest musical-comedy performances I’ve seen in years. Not every joke in 'Disaster!' lands, but there’s a lot to enjoy on this nostalgia trip.” Full Review
"The musical 'Disaster!' is a campy carnival of cliches and gleefully cheesy comedy...The creative team has adroitly expanded the special effects and choreography to fill the Nederlander stage on Broadway. The book skillfully weaves a range of popular songs from the 1970s...Some character will always pop up with a new rescue idea, and there is high hilarity on these high seas." Full Review
"When the willfully silly 'Disaster!' is funny, it’s one of the funniest shows in town. Plus, you will simply not hear the 1970s disco and pop rock songs that make up its score sung better anywhere – in some cases they outshine the original...Plotnick’s direction is deft, dynamic and fluid, aided and abbeted by witty, driving work from choreographer JoAnn M. Hunter...'Disaster' is plenty of fun – at its best, close to comedy heaven – and recommended." Full Review
"An outstanding ensemble cast...The laughs come not just from the increasing insanity of the plot, or from the over-the-top performances, but in the way Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick use their book to deliver unexpected twists on 1970s tunes...'Disaster!' zips along because the authors know when the joke is done and it’s time to move on, which allows the talented cast to shine even more brightly in the more extended bits of physical comedy." Full Review
"Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick’s parody of ’70s disaster movies—set to carefully selected Top 40 pop and disco hits–turns out to be too much fun not to love...At first, 'Disaster!' seems a little on the nose, and somewhat like a show that might actually be on a cruise ship. The choreography in the early scenes feels like it’s lifted from a bad ’70s variety show–it’s a little frantic. But once things settle down, the fun kicks in. And the second act just gets better, better, better." Full Review
"'Disaster!' is a spoof of the 1970’s disaster movies and boasts a cast that can only be described as 'the best of the boulevard'. 'Disaster!' has a score of disco and pop hits, but I don’t think you can legitimately call this a musical. The songs are used as jokes, foreshadowed by a line so that you are expecting the song and elated when it shows up. None of the songs stay around long enough to wear thin. I laughed, I danced, I had a marvelous time. 'Disaster!' is disco delight!" Full Review
"'Disaster!' on Broadway is ridiculously entertaining...There is no need to extrapolate deep meaning from 'Disaster!'. Could it be any sillier? Probably not, but honestly it doesn’t have to be. Everyone should just sit back and enjoy the wild ride; for us older folks, the disco music track to which this musical is set is a fab mood booster... Superbly curated hits from the ’70s cleverly edge the story along. Mix the zaniness with a terrific cast, and you have a highly entertaining evening." Full Review
"'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 may still have plenty to savor...The first act tends toward waywardness, and while it runs just an hour, it feels longer...But the performances provide sufficient distraction." Full Review
"The kooky material is given its best possible treatment by a seasoned cast displaying clockwork timing. A slew of Tony winners and nominees expertly plays a shipful of stereotypes... Is 'Disaster!' the most brilliant musical in years? No. But it is a goofy, silly ride transforming the Nederlander into a joyful amusement park." Full Review
"'Disaster!' is silly, and I mean that as a compliment...While the performances are really good, the placement of the songs isn't notably inspired...Most of the first act is preparation, some of it redundant, for the terror to come, and the comic capabilities of the talented cast aren't fully called upon until horror strikes...'Disaster!' isn't a show that'll get you to consider the meaning of life, but it compensates by being lots of fun." Full Review
"You can have a swell time enjoying this unpretentious collection of bits and pieces of silliness...Jack Plotnick has directed and JoAnn M Hunter has choreographed a cast of 20, and they certainly keep things moving all evening long. It’s worth seeing...In the end, I had a jolly good time watching this stage full of talented folks letting loose and not worrying one bit about the 21st Century craziness going on outside the theatre." Full Review
"While I wouldn’t call it groundbreaking, there is a guilty pleasure shaking up Broadway: 'Disaster!', a new(ish) musical by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick...The high voltage cast delivers mostly hilarious performances and an array of familiar tunes assembled from the 1970s pop music songbook...The musical’s lack of original music occasionally feels contrived, though it’s fun to recognize the jukebox score...'Disaster!' doesn’t pretend to be anything more than what it is." Full Review
"'Disaster!' totally isn't one. Sure, it could maybe be shorter by about fifteen minutes, and maybe a little sharper in spots, but I saw the third preview and it was already pretty damned funny…The whole cast is game--I am sure a sense of humor was a prerequisite for even getting an audition for this one…I also hope 'Disaster!' finds a big, loyal audience, whether on Broadway or on tour…'Disaster!' is a silly, goofy, terrifically fun production." Full Review
"'Disaster!' can best be described as a ridiculous disaster BUT has the best cast around and is so stupid you can’t help but laugh your head off. This show, about a cruise ship being attacked by an earthquake and a tidal wave, hits you with more sight gags, clichés and old songs than you can assimilate...If you want a night off from all the other serious Broadway shows, you will have yourself a ball sinking with this ship and its great cast." Full Review
"The performances are so unapologetically silly and the production is so bright with flashing disco lights that ultimately you’re blinded to its flaws: humor that can miss the mark and campiness that’s sometimes a bit too overwrought...'Disaster!' is pure maximalism — a big, old-fashioned musical with big numbers and big performances. A lot of the fun is in recognizing the ’70s references, but even ’80s babies like me will be swept up in the show’s energy." Full Review
"'Disaster!' is a perfect storm of spoof. And, like all spoofs, it only works if you get onboard and stay onboard, even when the ship upends...The writers slipped in lots of big and small moments for nearly everyone...Bottom line–I had a good time. I knew the songs. I wore the clothes. I liked the silliness and the way, way overdrawn parodies. Cheesy? No question. Fun? Yep." Full Review
"The musical delivers plenty of laughs spoofing ‘70s disaster films to a soundtrack of the era’s most recognizable hits. Its combo of nostalgia and cheap gags makes for a crowd-pleasing, if not exactly original recipe, and its ensemble of Broadway heavyweights, while capable of much more than they’re tasked with here, certainly seem to be having a blast...Plotnick juggles a lot of moving parts, though it may have taken an outsider’s perspective to make them add up to a more coherent whole." Full Review
"It's a recipe for theatrical cheesiness beyond compare and one that's served up with gusto by a spectacular array of Broadway talent...Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the genre at hand will anticipate most of what happens to these folks well before it takes place...'Disaster!,' thanks to the inestimable talents of the company, has steady enough theatrical sea-legs to provoke roars of laughter for those looking for a goofball night out." Full Review
"Although not particularly glitzy or glam, this is a good cast that knows the comic ropes — and then some, in the special case of Jennifer Simard…The fun is contagious as long as we’re following these eccentric musical cues for plot and character development…At the helm, Plotnick manages the traffic well enough, and the actors are game, bless their hearts. But ultimately, '70s disaster movies were far more ludicrous than anything on this stage.” Full Review
"As directed by Plotnick, 'Disaster!' is intentionally cut from some pretty tacky cloth — a lot of it polyester, no doubt. So don’t plunk down your hard-earned bucks thinking you’re paying for 'The King and I.' Or even 'Mamma Mia!' for that matter. This slapstick diversion puts into the throats of its vocally accomplished cast of Broadway vets the sort of music that’s the subject of nostalgic TV pitches after 1 a.m...It is the caliber of these parodists that keeps the silliness afloat." Full Review
See it if you want to see a hilarious show with a heavy dose of 70's music. Full of campy moments and some dark humor.
Don't see it if you don't like 70's music and wouldn't get the 70's references. If you're looking for a serious story with depth, this is not it.
See it if you laugh at 70s disaster movies, tap your feet to disco music, and like 'Airplane' movie spoofs.
Don't see it if don't enjoy nuns who love to play slots, hate disco music, and think you bought a ticket to a Eugene O'Neill revival.
See it if You always wanted to see the Poseidon Adventure as performed be the cast of the LoveBoat.
Don't see it if You want to see the English Patient, you hate 70's music, and hate laughing at silly puns.
See it if You want the most fun night on Broadway!! It's 'amahzing' and very cleverly done. I absolutely love this and hope it has a nice long run!
Don't see it if You don't want a light, funny show. May not be as enjoyable if you're under 40ish although a couple 20 somethings @stage door LOVED it.
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