Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tucson High Magnet School Little Theatre presents DISASTER! - special benefit star event


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DISASTER!, Broadway's Musical Parody of the Disaster Films of the 1970's Returns to Tucson's High Magnet School for a Special One Night Only Star Event


"Guaranteed Laughs! A Side-Splittingly Funny Evening of Singing, Dancing and Near-Death Experiences." – Associated Press



TUCSON, Ariz. – January 8, 2018 – Following the sold out hit production of Tucson High Magnet School's Disaster! last fall, it's back as a special benefit star event for one night only. Broadway co-writer and director Jack Plotnick and SiriusXM Broadway host and three-time Emmy® Award nominee, Seth Rudetsky (who also co-wrote and co-starred on Broadway) will join the Tucson High company onstage for DISASTER! IN CONCERT - A SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY STAR EVENT FEATURING SETH RUDETSKY AND JACK PLOTNICK!  


The musical comedy parodies and pays comedic tribute to the genre of 1970's disaster films. "This spoof of catastrophe-themed movies mixed with '70's pop hits gushes with Velveeta as well as laughs, great new talents and savvy jukebox craftsmanship," said the New York Daily News of DISASTER! which was also a New York Times critic's pick and which Variety called "ridiculously funny!"  


This special one night only abbreviated "DISASTER! IN CONCERT" cabaret style show production will feature both Rudetsky and Plotnick on stage performing with the students as well as Rudetsky, who's played in the orchestra or conducted more than 15 Broadway musicals, playing piano for the entire show. The production will be directed by Art Almquist, a 22-Year Tucson High veteran, multi-award-winner and People Magazine's Teacher of the Year.


The concert/cabaret style production will feature scenes from the full length musical in which a group of glamourous New Yorkers, plus a Nun with a gambling addiction, attends the opening of a floating casino and discotheque that quickly succumbs to multiple disasters. These calamities such as earthquakes, tidal waves and shark attacks echo situations from films like Earthquake, The Poseidon Adventure and Jaws. Additionally, the show keeps with a 1970's theme by being a jukebox musical, using the most recognizable and popular songs of the decade as musical numbers including "Knock On Wood," "Hooked On A Feeling," "Sky High," "I Am Woman," "Hot Stuff" and of course "I Will Survive."


"I am very excited to be working with the Tucson High Magnet School. I loved doing theater and music when I was in public school and it's an amazing feeling to know that the Broadway show I co-wrote is being done in schools today," said Rudetsky. "Based on the highlight reel I saw, I will be presenting this school and director the very first "Master of Disaster" award for their excellent production of DISASTER! last fall."


This one night only production will benefit Tucson High Magnet School's theater arts program. These funds will be a major help to the school which needs arts funding.


"A couple of weeks after we closed, I couldn't get the show out of my head," stated Almquist. "I wrote Seth and floated the idea of a summer remount, and he suggested instead that we do the show on January 26, but with him playing for us!"

"I am absolutely stunned by the generosity shown by Seth Rudetsky, Jack Plotnick, and Music Theatre International who is waiving all fees to make this benefit happen," continued Almquist."  It will help us continue to bring the magic of theatre to hundreds of students every year."




Date: Friday, January 26. 7:00 PM. 


Location: Tucson High Magnet School Little Theatre. 400 N 2nd Avenue. Tucson, AZ. 85705.  The Little Theatre is in the basement of the Main building. Parking is available south of the school, on the southwest corner of Euclid and 8th street. 


Ticket prices: 

Show and Reception - $75.00

Show only - $40.00


Tickets can be purchased online at

Questions/Info?  (520) 225-5326

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