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Broadway's Disaster! musical comes to London for charity performances
Comedy spoof musical comes to London.
A charity gala production of Disaster! the Broadway musical comedy spoof of 1970s jeopardy movies will premiere in London for two gala charity concert performances in aid of The Make a Difference Trust at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday 20 November 2016.
Starring its creator, Seth Rudetsky, Disaster! will feature a cast of West End stars and UK based musical theatre performers.
"It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. But what begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love they’ve lost…or at least escape the killer rats! Set in the wildest decade ever, DISASTER! is packed with unforgettable 70s dancefloor hits including “I Will Survive”, “Knock On Wood,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”."
The musical originated at the Triad Theatre in 2012 before a run Off Broadway in 2013 and opened on Broadway in 2016 for a run of 72 performances at the Nederlander Theatre.
Written by Seth Rudetsky & Jack Plotnick the concert will be directed by Jack Plotnick and produced by Darren Murphy for the Make a Difference Trust.
Seth said of the announcement: “This show is a culmination of everything I love and hope British people love: 1970’s songs, comedy and terrifying disasters. When I was a kid in the 70’s, I wanted to grow up and be a weatherman because I was obsessed with disaster movies....not the death parts, but the exciting parts! Tidal waves, earthquakes, fires, rats...so great! Naturally, my co-writer and I had to put ALL of those disasters in the show. And we love those signature characters in the 70s disaster movies, so we put them in the show as well..."
The Make A Difference Trust is a UK based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS. Building on the legacy of 25 years of fundraising by the Theatre industry, they continue to make the vision a reality having distributed over £1.6 million in grants to support individuals experiencing hardship across the UK as well as over £1million to support projects with their UK and international partners.
Tickets for the gala performances, which take place at 4pm and 7.30pm, are now on sale.