CHICAGO THEATRE WORKSHOP PRESENTS THE REGIONAL PREMIERE OF
BY SETH RUDETSKY AND JACK PLOTNICK
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the '70s take center stage in Broadway’s side-splitting homage to classic disaster films.
Here at ChiIL Live Shows, we're eager to catch Chicago Theatre Workshop's Disaster. We've been impressed with their past offerings and this looks like a hilarious night out. I've known Melissa Young (SHIRLEY) since the mid 90's and she was even in a show I wrote at Blue Rider Theatre back in the day. Even though I review an average of 6 shows a week now, it's still fun to see friends in shows. We also love The Edge Theater space -- comfy seats and cup holders, people! What better way to watch DISASTER unfold? Sadly I'm already booked, reviewing elsewhere on their two press opening dates, but I'll be out shortly after, on the 20th. Check back soon for my full review.
It's 1979, and New York's hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. Also attending is a faded disco star, a sexy nightclub singer with her eleven-year-old twins, a disaster expert, a feminist reporter, an older couple with a secret, a pair of young guys who are looking for ladies, an untrustworthy businessman and a nun with a gambling addiction. What begins as a night of boogie fever quickly changes to panic as the ship succumbs to multiple disasters, such as earthquakes, tidal waves and infernos. As the night turns into day, everyone struggles to survive and, quite possibly, repair the love that they've lost... or at least escape the killer rats.
FULL COMPANY AND CREATIVE TEAM!
The CTW cast includes; CHAD - Nathan Cooper, MARIANNE - Shannon McEldowney, SCOTT - Warren Dailey, TED - Dan Gold, TONY - Charlie Ward, JACKIE - Elissa Newcorn, BEN/LISA - Pierce Cleaveland, LEVORA - Jessica Vann, SISTER MARY - Britain Gebhardt, SHIRLEY - Melissa Young, MAURY - Shane Roberie, ENSEMBLE - Marcellus Burt, Kaleb Van Rijswijck, Lily Cox, Kara Schoenhofer.
The creative team includes; Evan Frank (Set Designer), Jennifer Kules and Collin Helou (Lighting Designers), Shelby Brand (Costume & Prop Design), Mike Patrick (Sound Design), Samantha Kittleson (Assistant Director) Ben Baylon (Director), Megan Farly (Choreographer), Oliver Townsend (Musical Director), Tom Mullen (Artistic Director)
DISASTER opens to previews APRIL 12, 2018. Performances run every Thursday & Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday’s at 8:00 pm and Sunday’s at 3:00 pm thru May 6th at The EDGE Theater which is located at 5451 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640.
For more information on Chicago Theatre Workshop please visit us at www.chicagotheatreworkshop.org