Disaster Will Close Early On Broadway
Talk about a Disaster! Broadway is losing one of its funniest shows of the season earlier than expected. Seth Rudetsky’s brilliant musical spoof of the 1970’s movie series is facing its own disaster; closing. Despite being scheduled for a limited engagement on Broadway this season, the show will leave port earlier than expected after limited audiences and awards recognition in a booming season on Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Disaster will end its limited engagement earlier than scheduled on Broadway!
Producers of Disaster announced late Tuesday the show would end its limited engagement earlier than scheduled on Broadway, finishing performances by the end of the week closing on May 8th, 2016. The announcement came a near 12 hours after the show earned just one Tony Award nomination for the 2015-16 season. It is the first show to close post Tony Award nominations being announced this morning. Disaster began previews on Broadway February 9th before officially opening March 8th. By the time it closes, it will have played 32 previews and 72 performances. The show was critically praised, evening earning a New York Times Critic Pick, but failed to attract a larger audience and has slipped in grosses throughout the spring season. While the show will shutter on Broadway, a licensing deal for future North American productions has been confirmed with Musical Theatre International (MTI). Thanks to Jeremy Daniel for the photo right!
Disaster is, without a doubt, the most star-studded, headlining cast of the season on Broadway. The cast includes Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler, three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin, Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal, Tony Award winner Faith Prince, Tony Award winner Roger Bart, Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York , three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky, 2016 Tony and Drama League Award nominee Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm, 2016 Drama Desk Award nominee Baylee Littrell and Lacretta Nicole. The ensemble includes Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip, Catherine Ricafort and Brandon Rubendall.
Producer Robert Ahrens released a statement expressing his gratitude to the entire Disaster company for their successful run this season saying;
“On behalf of the producing team, I want to applaud the entire company for bringing joy and laughter to thousands of people each week for these past several months. I’d also like to congratulate Jennifer Simard for her Tony nomination for her indelible performance.”
Directed by Jack Plotnick, Disaster’s creative team includes JoAnn M. Hunter as choreographer and Steve Marzulo as musical director. The creative team includes Tobin Ost as scenic designer, William Ivey Long as costume designer, Jeff Croiter as lighting designer and Mark Menard as sound designer. The production features fight direction by Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordlet, orchestrations by Joseph Joubert, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, dance arrangements by David Dabbon and music coordination by Charles Gordon.
Luner Lowdown: I can’t express how much fun I had at Disaster on Broadway when getting a chance to experience this show! This show had me laughing from curtain up to its final bows. Seriously. Filled with a fierce cast and hysterical puns, I’m so thrilled it got life on Broadway following its two previous Off-Broadway mountings. One thing that stood out to me when seeing this show; it knew exactly what it was. It didn’t take itself too seriously and never pushed things further than they needed to go. I can’t explain how important that is but how much I appreciated that as an audience member. It also has one heck of a songbook with songs you can’t help but sing-a-long to the entire show.Despite this closing notice, I’m thrilled theaters around the country will have the chance to bring it to new audiences in their own cities and towns.
Don’t miss your chance to experience Disaster on Broadway and it’s star-studded cast now in their final week of performances at The Nederlander Theater!