Disaster! A Musical
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Disaster! A Musical
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Disaster! A Musical NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(664 Reviews)
Positive
76%
Mixed
16%
Negative
8%
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.

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997 Reviews | 409 Followers
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!

972 Reviews | 341 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 189 Followers
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.)

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
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.

528 Reviews | 132 Followers
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 .

475 Reviews | 260 Followers
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.

500 Reviews | 77 Followers
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

400 Reviews | 76 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (55)

The New York Times
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 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."
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Time Out New York
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 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.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 technique, which was already long out of fashion in 1979...Only when the nun sings 'Torn Between Two Lovers' does it really pay off, and that’s because of Jennifer Simard’s brilliant underplaying."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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's not to say it's without laughs…Overall, it's dispiriting to watch a gifted cast working above material that seldom amounts to more than hit-or-miss sketch fodder.”
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Entertainment Weekly
March 8th, 2016

"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."
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Variety
March 8th, 2016

"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.”
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The Wall Street Journal
March 10th, 2016

"I doubt the world is full of sixtysomething fans of ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ who long to see what can best be described as an only-the-jokes-have-been-changed knockoff of ‘Airplane!’. As for most everyone else, they’re too young to remember what Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick are spoofing. Nor does it help that ‘Disaster!’ is silly rather than funny, save for the gloriously redemptive presence of Jennifer Simard...I can’t wait to see her in a real show—and I bet it won’t take long."
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Deadline
March 8th, 2016

"A cast of extraordinarily gifted stars appears to have been tricked into stretching a three-minute parody of movies that were parodies to begin with into a two-hour show. The result is so painfully witless it’s hard to tell where the sea-spray ends and the flop sweat begins...There’s nothing quite like watching a terrific comic actor pace the stage with tiger sharks where his forearms once were and still not being funny. Someone throw these folks a life preserver."
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