West End star Simon Lipkin joins the cast as rehearsals start for the London premiere of the Broadway musical Disaster!
Lipkin, who played Nathan Detroit alongside Rebel Wilson in Guys & Dolls, the title role in The Lorax, Lonny in Rock Of Ages, Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q, completes the line-up for the show.
Simon will play Tony Delvecchio, the deceitful owner of a floating casino and discotheque heading for disaster, and completes the UK star line-up alongside original Broadway cast members, Tony Award-nominated Jennifer Simard and show creator Seth Rudetsky.
Seth said: “We love our newest cast member, Simon Lipkin. How dare he be so young and so talented! Director Jack Plotnick and I are so thrilled with all our Disaster! actors.
“When we came to Broadway, there was very nice buzz about the show having an all-star cast. We can’t believe we’re now lucky enough to get an all-star British cast for the West End version!
“And we are so blown away by so many things: the warmth of everyone involved, the incredible creativity/hilarity they’re showing in rehearsal, the crazy amazing singing voices, and the unbelievable work ethic.
“British people seem to think it’s “rude” to take a break. Jack actually questioned if water goes through British people like it does Americans because so far, no one’s needed to pee!!”
Disaster!, the 2016 Broadway musical comedy spoof of star-studded 1970s jeopardy movies like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport, premieres at Charing Cross Theatre for two glittering gala concert charity performances to raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust this Sunday.
It’s 1979 and New York’s hottest A-listers are lining up for the opening of a floating casino and discotheque. But 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 they’ve lost…or at least escape the killer rats!
Set in the wildest decade ever, Disaster! is packed with unforgettable 70s dance floor hits including “I Will Survive”, “Knock On Wood,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”.
Jennifer Simard is recreating her Tony-nominated role as gambling-addicted nun, Sister Mary Downy. Seth Rudetsky is once again playing Ted Scheider, the professor and “disaster expert” who tries to warn the others of the impending doom.
The rest of the cast are: Oliver Tompsett as Chad, a ladies man still carrying a torch for his ex-fiance. Oliver has just played Sky Masterson in Guys & Dolls at the Phoenix Theatre. His other West End starring roles include Galileo in We Will Rock You, Fiyero in Wicked and Drew Boley in Rock of Ages.
Sally Ann Triplett is Shirley, a big-hearted loudmouth…with a secret. Her West End starring roles include Donna in Mamma Mia, Lauren in Viva Forever, Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Berta in Acorn Antiques, Roxy Hart in Chicago, Reno Sweeney in Anythying Goes.
Jodie Jacobs plays Jackie, a sexy lounge singer desperate to find a father for her twins. She played Regina in Rock of Ages. Other recent roles include Nancy in Oliver! at Grange Park Opera, Miss Gardner in Carrie and Paulette Bonafonte in Legally Blonde.
Alice Fearn is Marianne, a reporter who’s sworn off men. She was Rapunzel in Into the Woods at Regent’s Park Theatre. Her other major musicals include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek the Musical, Annie Get Your Gun, Les Miserables and The Woman in White.
Sandra Marvin (Levora, a faded disco diva hoping to win big in the casino) is currently playing Rose in the pre-West End tour of Stepping Out. She was Queenie in Daniel Evans’ Showboat. Her other major shows include City of Angels (Donmar), Miss Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray and Mama Morton in Chicago.
Bradley Riches (Ben & Lisa, Jackie’s constantly fighting twins) is a pupil of the British Theatre Academy. He recently co-starred in Godspell and other roles include AnnieJr, Oliver! and Elegies.
The rest of the cast are: Mark Anderson, Paul Grunbert, Ruthie Stephens, Chris Warner, Rachel Grundy, Hayley Jones, Sam Lathwood, Will Luckett, Anthony Starr, Katie Warsop.
Theatre MAD and Making Productions present a gala concert performance of Disaster! written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick at Charing Cross Theatre this Sunday at 4pm and 7.30pm.