Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center

Disaster! is a new musical straight from Broadway, featuring some of the most unforgettable songs of the ’70s. “Knock on Wood,” “Hooked on a Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff” are just a few of the scintillating hits in this hilarious musical comedy with a book by three-time Emmy Award nominee and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky, and Jack Plotnick.

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.

Audiences and critics are wild for this hilarious homage to the era of bell-bottoms, platform shoes and the hustle. With larger-than-life characters, snappy dialogue, and some of the most recognizable songs of the ’70s, Disaster! will have you dancing in your seats and rolling in the aisles.

Disaster! is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

October 5-22, 2017

By Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick
Concept Created by Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci
Additional Material by Drew Geraci

Direction by R. James Faurote
Music Direction by Amy J. Nickerson
Choreography by Jarrett W. Koski
Produced by Donald B. Holt, Jr. and Tony Gilkinson

October 5-22, 2017
Thurs-Sat: 8 pm, Sun: 2 pm
Tickets: $26
Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew

Peter A. Belk as Chad
Michael C. Silvestri as Ted
Anna Morris as Marianne
Marcus Blake as Tony
Melissa A. Doell as Jackie
Dakota Gagliano as Ben & Lisa
Lauren Buglioli as Sister Mary
Rick Faurote as Maury
Justin Batten
as Shirley
Lindsay MacConnell 
as Levora
Thomas Brown
as Jake/Ensemble
Britny Cuilty
as Traci/Ensemble
Miranda Harrison-Quillin
as Janet/Ensemble
Stephen K. Huff
as Jack/Ensemble
Eric Lamont Newman
as Scott/Ensemble
Shannon Wright
as Crissy/Ensemble

Accompanied by
Amy J. Nickerson – Conductor/Piano
Barb Huling – Keyboard 2
Michael Smith – Trumpet
Gordon Bonnett – Guitar
Alex Pasut – Bass
P.J. Lalka – Drums/Percussion

Director – R. James Faurote
Music Director – Amy J. Nickerson
Choreographer – Jarrett W. Koski
Stage Manager – Erin M. Coalson
Producers – Donald B. Holt, Jr. and Tony Gilkinson
Set Designer – Dwayne A. Cline
Lighting Designer – Anthony Vito
Lighting Technician – Johnny Garde
Audio Designer – Jakob Nordstrom
Costumer – Debbie Lastinger
Set Construction – Mica Neal
Props Mistress – Melissa Pryor
Graphic Arts – Peter A. Belk


“their production boasts some of the strongest actors in our area”

“For those who endured the 1970’s, the jokes come a mile a minute. If one doesn’t work, then another one is right behind it that does.”

“DISASTER… is a veritable giggle fest, one of the goofiest shows I’ve ever seen. It has hot molten rocks in its head, and it proudly wears its vapidity on its burning sleeves. Yes, it’s stupendously stupid, remarkably ridiculous, but it’s also entertaining as hell.”

Peter Nason, BroadwayWorld.com

mad Theatre of Tampa, Inc.
P.O. Box 8417
Tampa, FL 33674

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602

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Photo Credit: Designs by Vito: @dbvito

Producing Sponsor 

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Enjoy Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM for $2 off specialty cocktails, $4 Wells and $5 house wines and drafts – the perfect spot for a drink and dinner before shows at the Straz!


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