Jennifer Simard will make her London stage debut in the London premiere of Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway musical comedy spoof in a special gala performance at the Charing Cross Theatre on the 20th November.
Recreating her Tony-nominated role as gambling-addicted nun, Sister Mary Downy, Jennifer Simard will make her London stage debut in Disaster!, a musical comedy spoof of 1970’s films like The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake and Airport.
The two gala concert performances are taking place at the Charing Cross Theatre to raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust and will also star its creator Broadway legend Seth Rudetsky.
Jennifer Simard, who will be starring with Bette Midler in Hello Dolly! the most eagerly anticipated New York theatre production of the year, received a 2016 Drama League nomination for her hilarious perfornance as Sr. Downy in Disaster! Her other stage credits include Sister Act and Shrek The Musical.
The production was written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, who also directs the show.
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 dancefloor hits including “I Will Survive”, “Knock On Wood,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “Sky High,” “I Am Woman” and “Hot Stuff”.
Talking about the production Seth Rudetsky said: “Jack and I started doing sketch comedy with Jennifer in a little, tiny cabaret back in 1993. And now we’re all going to London together doing a big benefit on the West End! And she’s going to get to play the role that got her a Tony nomination. We are so crazily happy and excited!”
Disaster will play at the Charing Cross Theatre on the 20th November. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/disaster.