Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick Bring 'Disaster!' to Broadway

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The cast of 'Disaster' performs at the Nederlander Theatre. The cast of 'Disaster' performs at the Nederlander Theatre. (Jeremy Daniel)

With its suggestive exclamation point, the title of the new Broadway musical Disaster! hints at the campy, over-the-top qualities it brings to the Nederlander Theatre. Set on a cruise ship precariously moored along the Hudson River, the show spoofs disaster movies such as The Poseidon Adventure and Earthquake that were popular in the 1970s. It also features a number of disco hits and pop songs of the era.

Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, the production has assembled a cast of well-known Broadway names: Faith Prince, Roger Bart, Adam Pascal and Kerry Butler, among them. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has experienced this Disaster! first-hand and weighs in on its less-than calamitous results.

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