'Disaster!' Propels Roger Bart Back to Broadway

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Earthquakes, tidal waves, towering infernos, killer bees and a nun with a bad habit all figure in this musical spoof of 1970s screen schlockbusters, woven around pop hits of the era.

If the words "An Irwin Allen Production" set your pulse racing with memories of cataclysmic mayhem being unleashed upon platoons of fading stars with bad agents, Broadway has just the show for you.

Disaster!, a musical spoof of Hollywood's guiltiest pleasures of the 1970s — among them The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, The Swarm and the Airport movies — will begin previews at the Nederlander Theatre on Feb. 9, with official opening night set for March 8.

The production marks the first Broadway role since 2007's Young Frankenstein for Tony winner Roger Bart, who stars alongside fellow New York stage veterans Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince and Rachel York. Also featured are co-writer Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Max Crumm and newcomer Lacretta Nicole.

Rudetsky, who hosts a popular Broadway show on SiriusXM Radio, wrote Disaster! with Jack Plotnick, who also directs; Joann M. Hunter serves as choreographer. Described by The New York Times as "inspired lunacy," the musical was previously seen off-Broadway in early 2012 and again in fall 2013 with a different cast. 

Set on board a floating New York casino and discotheque, the show features a collection of rock, pop and disco hits from the '70s, including "Hot Stuff," "I Am Woman," "Knock on Wood" and "Daybreak." 

The Broadway run is being produced by Robert Ahrens, Mickey Lidell/LD Entertainment, Hunter Arnold, James Wesley and Jim Burba & Bob Hayes, in association with Katherine McGregor, Mary J. Davis and Stephen CuUnjieng.