Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
January 22, 2012
Closing:
March 25, 2012

Theater: The Triad Theater / 158 W 72nd St, New York, NY, 10028

Synopsis: 

Were you like Seth Rudetsky in the '70's? Not just overweight with a Jewfro, but also obsessed with Poseidon Adventure, Airport '75, Earthquake, The Swarm etc...and obsessed with Casey Kasem's top 40 countdown? Didn't you wish there were some way they could combine? Well, now they have... in Disaster! Disaster! is a 1970's disaster movie musical, written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, featuring your favorite songs and disasters from the '70s.

The show starts on a summer night in 1979. All the hottest New York City A-Listers are putting on their platform shoes and polyester disco shirts and heading to the grand opening of Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that their night of boogie fever, Farrah Fawcett-feathered-hair and Bella Abzug hats will turn into....Disaster!!!! The best 70's Songs! The biggest 70's Disasters! Disaster!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster

    Playing Tony Orlando While the Ship Sinks

    Andy Webster

    February 10, 2012: While the Giants were winning in Indianapolis, another triumph was unfolding on West 72nd Street. At the Triad theater in Manhattan, “Disaster!” was packed, generating laughs and groans of rueful pleasure.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster

    Seth Rudetsky's Disaster!

    Sandy MacDonald

    January 31, 2012: Spoofing, to be effective, requires a deep-seated knowledge of -- and better yet, fondness for -- the target genre. As it happens, Seth Rudetsky, besides being a savant regarding all things Broadway, can also boast an encyclopedic grasp of 1970s pop-culture kitsch, and in his new chamber musical Seth Rudetsky's Disaster!, playing Sunday nights at the Triad, he and writing partner Jack Plotnick have exhumed every last cinematic/phonographic catastrophe from the vaults, while cleverly interpolating several novel crises of their own invention.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster

    Seth Rudetsky's Disaster!

    Marc Miller

    January 24, 2012: Seth Rudetsky cares passionately about musical theater, and up to now he's given no indication of wanting to see the form cheapened. So he has some explaining to do with "Seth Rudetsky's Disaster!," the jukebox musical he and Jack Plotnik wrote for the Triad Theater. Their spoof of disaster movies, set to period-appropriate 1970s standards, benefits from a large, talented, and enthusiastic cast that relishes its hard selling of stock characters peddling ridiculous plot points. But it mines very familiar territory, wanders aimlessly, and doesn't know when to quit.

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  • EDGE REVIEW OF Seth Rudetsky’s Disaster

    Seth Rudetsky courts ’Disaster!’ for laughs

    Scott Stiffler

    February 8, 2012: For Seth Rudetsky-whose 1970s Long Island youth was a heady swirl of disco tunes, disaster movies and fascination with violent weather phenomena-being at the helm of a new musical which incorporates all those elements, must be like living his own personal Hollywood ending.

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