Wednesday, July 27, 7:00 – 10:00PM
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 – 10:00PM
Auditions will be held by appointment on Wednesday, July 27 from 7:00 PM – 10:00PM and Thursday, July 28 from 7:00PM – 10:00PM. Auditioners should sign up for an audition slot here. Invited callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Saturday, July 30. Rehearsals will begin the week of September 11. The show runs November 4 – 26.
Reminiscent of 1970s disaster cult films such as The Poseidon Adventure and Airport 1975, Disaster! takes place in 1979 Manhattan during opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discothèque in New York. The characters gather unaware of impending natural disasters, and the building’s lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes. This highly-comedic parody was conceptualized and written by Seth Rudetsky (SiriusXM Broadway host) and Jack Plotnick (Film and Television actor).
The show will be directed by Tim Anderson and music directed by Ryan Bergeron. Performers of all ethnicities (ages 16 and up) are invited to audition.
As of November 1st, 2021, the Broadview Heights Spotlights requires all volunteers, actors, and production staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to auditions in order to be involved in any production.
Those auditioning should:
- Sign up for an audition slot here.
- Arrive 10 minutes prior to their audition slot to complete an audition form.
- Plan to attend only one night of auditions.
- Be familiar with the show and its music and themes.
- Prepare two brief (up to one-minute) contrasting songs (one up-tempo, one ballad), in the style of the show (1970’s era). Songs from the show are acceptable.
- Bring sheet music in the correct keys, hole-punched in a three-ring binder. Singers will not be permitted to sing a cappella.
- Bring a list of conflicts between September 11 and November 26.
- Bring proof of Covid vaccination.
No Equity contracts are available for this production; all performers participate on a volunteer basis.
Additional questions may be sent to the director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Ages listed are those of the character.)
- Chad, A handsome and winning man. Pretends to be a player, but is really still heartbroken over the loss of his first love. Age 20 to 35. Rock/Pop Tenor (Top note: B4)
- Scott, Goofy guy. A nerd who wants to be cool. Age 30 to 40. Sweet Tenor (Top note: B4)
- Professor Ted Scheider, A disaster expert. Non-emotional. Dry. A serious, professorial type. Age 35 – 50. Tenor (Top note: G4)
- Tony, A very unscrupulous but attractive and (sometimes) charming middle-aged man. A schemer. Age 30 to 50. Tenor/Baritone (Top note: Ab4)
- Marianne, An attractive and focused journalist. Insecure underneath it all. Age 20 to 35. Pop belt (Top note: F#5)
- Sister Mary Downy, Awkward, judgmental nun with a gambling addiction. Age 30 to 50. Pop belt. (Top note: comedically impressive B5)
- Shirley, Lovable and jolly Jewish woman. Maury’s wife. Dancing a plus. Great comedic actress. Age 50 and up. Alto (Top note: B4)
- Maury, Lovable and jolly. Shirley’s dedicated husband. Age 50 and up. Tenor/Baritone (Top note: G4)
- Levora, A flamboyant and glamorous faded disco diva. Pushy and sassy but in love with her sweet dog. African American. Age 30 and up. Pop belt (Top note: E5)
- Jackie, An aging but still sexy showgirl and now lounge singer. Dumb but honest. Goldie Hawn-esque. Age 32 and up. Mezzo Pop belt (Top Note: D5)
- Ben/Lisa, Smart boy and girl twins played by the same actor. Honest and direct. Jackie’s son and daughter. Amazing pop voice.! A young Michael Jackson/Andrea McArdle. One performer plays both roles with the aid of a life-sized doll. Should read age 10 to 13. Young Belter with vibrato. (Top Note: D5)
- Wealthy man, Mourns the death of his wife. Any age. Baritone (Top Note: Eb4)
- Ensemble (Many with featured solos), Great comedic chops, good dance ability and strong voices needed. Any age (16+). Able to play various glamorous party guests/character roles: Workmen, Casino Guests, Victims, Staff, Taxi Driver, Cotton Candy Vendor, Chef, Traci, Wealthy Husband, Wealthy Wife, Blinded Woman, etc.
- “Disaster! (musical)”
- Includes production history, synopsis, and song lists.
- Musical Theater International: “Disaster!”
- Includes Full Synopsis and media of the Off-Broadway and Broadway runs. You can also read the full script (157 pages) for free.
- Spotify: Disaster! (Original Broadway Cast Recording)
Original Broadway Cast Recording
- All 28 songs.
1970s Disaster Movie References
(Linked to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database)
- The Swarm
- The Poseidon Adventure / Beyond the Poseidon Adventure
- Airport / Airport 1975 / Airport ’77 / The Concorde … Airport ’79
- The Towering Inferno
Original 1970’s Songs featured in Disaster!
- “25 or 6 to 4” by Chicago
- “A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy
- “All Right Now” by Free
- “Alone Again (Naturally)” by Gilbert O’Sullivan
- “Daybreak” by Barry Manilow
- “Don’t Cry Out Loud” by Elkie Brooks and Melissa Manchester
- “Feelings” by Morris Alhbert
- “Feels So Good” by Chuck Mangione
- “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Hollies
- “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer
- “I Am Woman” by Helen Reddy
- “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor
- “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight” by England Dan and John Ford Coley
- “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd
- “Muskrat Love” by the Captain and Tennille
- “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” by Stevie Wonder
- “Sky High” by Jigsaw
- “Still the One” by Orleans
- “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be” by Carly Simon
- “Torn Between Two Lovers” by Mary MacGregor
- “When Will I Be Loved” by Linda Ronstadt
- “Without You” by Harry Nilsson
- “Three Times a Lady” by the Commodores
- “Hawaii Five-O” by the Ventures
- “Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” by Diana Ross
- “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers
- “Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson 5
- “Nadia’s Theme” by Barry DeVorzon
- “Mockingbird” by Inez & Charlie Foxx
- “Knock Three Times” by Tony Orlando and Dawn
- “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede
- “Ben” by Michael Jackson
- “Call Me (Come Back Home)” by Al Green
- “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb
- “Do You Wanna Make Love” by Peter McCann
- “Baby Hold On to Me” by Eddie Money
- “Come to Me” by France Joli