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Review: ‘Disaster! The Musical’ takes joy in danger and death at ACT

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The cast of Allen Contemporary Theatre’s ‘Disaster! The Musical!’ (Courtesy photo) Watching Disaster! The Musical, it’s easy to imagine writers Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick merely making themselves laugh with their outrageously ridiculous story.

Their take on the 1970s disaster film genre like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno adds an even campier layer to the melodrama.

The soundtrack/showtunes that are entirely from the same decade isn’t just a bonus, but a clever ingredient to the playwriting.

The campy jukebox musical opened Friday at Allen Contemporary Theatre. A sold out show Saturday night was eager for the fun as the opening number of Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” immediately ramped up the audience’s excitement.

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