BROADWAY RECORDS RELEASES DISASTER! ORIGINAL CAST ALBUM RECORDING
Return to the 70s on Friday, September 9
CRITIC’S PICK! “A rush of giddy nostalgia! A sensationally savory cast!”
-The New York Times
FOUR STARS! “A DELICIOUSLY SILLY JUKEBOX-MUSICAL. IT’S KNOCKOUT FUN!”
-Time Out New York
NEW YORK (Wednesday, September 7, 2016) – Broadway Records (Van Dean, President) will release the original Broadway cast album recording of the critically acclaimed musical comedy DISASTER! – digitally and in stores on Friday, September 9, 2016. The album is produced by Michael Croiter, Bart Migal and Seth Rudetsky, with executive producers Hunter Arnold, Robert Ahrens, Carl Daikeler, Sandi Moran and Daniel Rafinejad. DISASTER! is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com.
Set in the wildest decade ever, DISASTER! delivered earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and unforgettable 70s hits like “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” – plus, and outrageous cast of Tony Award-winning stars of Rent, Rock of Ages, Hairspray, Xanadu, Guys and Dolls and The Producers. Audiences and critics went wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. From the moment the glitter ball started spinning, there was dancing in the seats…and rolling in the aisles.
On Wednesday, September 14, original Broadway cast members Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Rachel York and Jennifer Simard will join show creator and event host Seth Rudetsky for a special live performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble - Upper East Side (150 East 86th Street at Lexington Avenue) beginning at 7pm. Performances to include “Do You Wanna Make Love?” (Roger Bart, Kerry Butler), “I Am Woman” (Kerry Butler), “Mockingbird” (Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky), “I Will Survive” (Rachel York), “Never Can Say Goodbye” (Jennifer Simard) and a special performance of the Broadway for Orlando charitable single, “What the World Needs Now is Love.” EDITOR NOTE: This is a wrist-banded event. Priority seating with CD purchase from B&N Upper East Side. Cast will sign CD only; no other memorabilia. Participants subject to change. For more “LIVE AT BARNES & NOBLE” event information, visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061814309-0.
Directed by Jack Plotnick with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, DISASTER! starred Tony Award winner and 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award nominee Roger Bart (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Tony Award nominee Kerry Butler (Xanadu), three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin (The Addams Family), Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal (Rent), Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys & Dolls), Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York (Victor/Victoria), three-time Emmy Award nominee and Grammy Award nominee Seth Rudetsky (SiriusXM’s “Seth’s Big Fat Broadway”), 2016 Tony Award and Drama League Award nominee Jennifer Simard (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Max Crumm (Grease), 2016 Drama Desk Award nominee Baylee Littrell and Lacretta Nicole, and ensemble members Paul Castree, Casey Garvin, Travis Kent, Alyse Alan Louis, Maggie McDowell, Olivia Phillip, Catherine Ricafort and Brandon Rubendall.
DISASTER! played its final performance at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street) on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
DISASTER! featured music direction by Steve Marzullo, fight direction by Rick Sordelet and Christian Kelly-Sordelet, orchestrations by Joseph Joubert, vocal arrangements by Michael McElroy, dance arrangements by David Dabbon, music coordination by Charles Gordon and choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock).
DISASTER! featured scenic design by Tony Award nominee Tobin Ost (Newsies), costume design by six-time Tony Award winner William Ivey Long (The Producers, Hairspray), lighting design by Tony Award winner Jeff Croiter (Peter and the Starcatcher) and sound design by Mark Menard (Jane Eyre).
DISASTER! was produced on Broadway by Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell/LD Entertainment, Hunter Arnold, James Wesley, Carl Daikeler and Burba Hayes in association with Sandi Moran and Stephen CuUnjieng with associate producers Katherine Ann McGregor, Mary J. Davis, William Megevick/In Fine Company, Gary & Jamie Rubenstein, Sherry Wehner, and Adam S. Gordon.
BROADWAY RECORDS (Van Dean, President) is one of the preeminent theatrical record labels to produce original cast albums for major Broadway and Off-Broadway shows including the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival), Tony Award-winning The Color Purple (2015 revival), Allegiance and Disaster! among others. Recent releases include The Visit, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show (2014 revival), Bonnie & Clyde, Big Fish and NBC’s television events, The Wiz Live! and Peter Pan Live!. The label’s critically-acclaimed “Live at Feinstein’s/54 BELOW” series features top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Frank Wildhorn and Friends, Micky Dolenz and many others. Most recently, Broadway Records launched the Broadway for Orlando initiative (in partnership with creators Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley) as a response to the Pulse nightclub mass shooting. The all-star benefit single, “What the World Needs Now is Love” (recorded at NYC’s Avatar Studios on Wednesday, June 15, 2016) has been downloaded more than 65k times and raised over $100k to date and counting, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the GLBT Center of Central Florida. Additionally, the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes song chart in its first week of release and broke into the Billboard Top 100 with no commercial radio play. A special charitable CD/DVD recording, From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert For Orlando, will be released in October. To learn more, visit BroadwayRecords.com.
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