Created by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, Disaster! is a musical comedy that pays tribute to, and spoofs, the popular genre of 1970s disaster films. The original idea for the parody musical began in 1992 while Mr. Rudetsky and Drew Geraci conceptualized a musical reminiscent of the disaster film genre. The seeds had been planted, yet remained untouched until 2011, when Mr. Rudetsky revisited the idea when creating a show for a benefit for the nonprofit Only Make Believe organization. The show was a success and had a short run Off-Off Broadway.
The show was performed Off Broadway at the Triad Theater in 2012. It moved to the St. Luke’s Theatre, another Off-Broadway theatre from 2013-3014.
Disaster! had a Broadway bow at the Nederlander Theatre on March 8, 2016, where it ran for a total of 72 performances before closing on May 8, 2016. It starred Seth Rudetsky, Adam Pascal, Kerry Butler, Faith Prince and Roger Bart.