Disaster!, Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical spoof of 1970’s jeopardy films like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport that was seen on Broadway earlier this year, is to premiere in London for two gala concert charity performances November 20 at Charing Cross Theatre. The concerts will raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust.
Rudetsky, who will appear in the show himself, as he did on Broadway, commented, “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 70’s disaster movies, so we put them in the show as well...the kindly but sassy older lady, the nun who always has a guitar, the sexy lady whose clothes seem to fall off more-and-more off with each disaster, and, of course, the know-it-all disaster expert that no one will listen to (the role I stole for myself!). And, yes, I know that everyone thinks the music they grew up with was the best music ever, but 1970’s music really is the best music ever, isn't it?! There was room for everyone...Pop, rock and disco all shared the charts.”
He adds, “I first performed in London with Patti LuPone two years ago and I found out how much I love British audiences. As soon as my friend Jack Plotnick and I started writing Disaster!, we told each other we really wanted to do it in the West End. It only took an initial one-night benefit, a run Off-Off-Broadway, then Off-Broadway, and then on Broadway to get here! Is that called a ‘fortnight’? I don’t know British terms yet....but I can’t wait to learn!”
Further casting is still to be announced. To book visit madtrust.org.uk.