The Reviews for DISASTER are In…

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The reviews for Disaster! are in, and while this jukebox-style goofy spoof musical likely isn’t for everyone, it’s certainly a more promising bet than the title implies. The musical, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, features a ridiculous storyline overflowing with the cleverest, campiest humor they could think of – and it can be a hoot…at times. Often outshining the script, though, is a grab bag of 1970s pop hits and a cast of Broadway winners, including a true standout in Jennifer Simard and bona fide stars like Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Rudetsky himself, Max Crumm, and Lacretta Nicole. If a silly who’s who of Broadway musicals gets you going, Disaster! should be on your shortlist.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF DISASTER!

Alert the authorities! There’s a wayward nun on the loose in New York City, committing grand larceny eight times a week. I joke, of course — though that story would be a fun diversion from the onslaught of election coverage, no? The crimes are fictional, and are taking place at the Nederlander Theater on Broadway
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TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF DISASTER!

Put “The Poseidon Adventure,” “Earthquake” and “Airplane!” in a blender; add 30 pop hits from the 1970s (such as “Hot Stuff” and “I Am Woman”), carefully chopped; stir in a seasoned cast of Broadway pros and a magical secret ingredient called Jennifer Simard; add garish coloring, muddle with camp and garnish with

 

DEADLINE REVIEW OF DISASTER!

“Disaster!” is the Nick The Lounge Singer of Broadway musicals. 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

 

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF DISASTER!

In “Disaster!,” Jennifer Simard plays Sister Mary, a nun who entered the convent to escape her gambling addiction. Midway through the first act, she tries and fails to tear herself and the quarter burning a hole in her habit away from a gleaming new Hawaii Five-O slot machine as she belts out the Gloria Gaynor... 

 

VULTURE REVIEW OF DISASTER!

It takes a special kind of pluck, or vanity, to name your musical “Disaster!” and not expect critics to agree. But then everything about the campy little show of that name that’s opening tonight on Broadway is foolhardy, especially the “opening tonight on Broadway” part. Disaster! originated at the 130-seat Triad

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