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Disaster! - Simon Lipkin completes UK line up

Simon Lipkin

Casting news

AS rehearsals begin, West End star Simon Lipkin has joined the cast of Disaster!, the Broadway musical comedy spoof of 1970s disaster movies, which premieres in London for two glittering gala concert charity performances to raise funds for The Make a Difference Trust.

The performances will take place at Charing Cross Theatre on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 4pm and 7.30pm.

Lipkin, who takes on the role of Tony Delvecchio, the deceitful owner of a floating casino and discotheque heading for disaster, played Nathan Detroit alongside Rebel Wilson in Guys and Dolls, the title role in The Lorax, Barlow the Dog in I Can’t Sing!, Lonny in Rock Of Ages and Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q.

The show’s creator Seth Rudetsky, who once again plays Ted Scheider, the professor and “disaster expert” who tries to warn the others of the impending doom, 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!!”

As well as Rudetsky, Lipkin will be joining Jennifer Simard, who will be recreating her Tony-nominated role as gambling-addicted nun, Sister Mary Downy, and British cast members Oliver Tompsett, Sally Ann Triplett, Jodie Jacobs, Alice Fearn, Sandra Marvin and Bradley Riches.

Written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick, Disaster! is directed by Jack Plotnick, with choreography by Ashley Nottingham, music direction by James Taylor and visual design by Bruno Collins.

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