Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse, when it received six Off West End Award nominations including Best Musical, acclaimed rock musical The Toxic Avenger The Musical is to transfer to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited ten-week season from Thursday 28 September.
Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult 1984 comedy schlock-horror Troma film, “The Toxic Avenger”, it tells the story of the citizens of Tromaville, who are crying out for a hero… Enter nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist, determined to clean up the state’s major toxic waste problem. When a corrupt Mayor and her government goons get wind of his plans, they vow to stop this heroic feat. Melvin is attacked and tossed into a vat of toxic waste… transforming him instantly into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero.The Toxic Avenger is the brainchild of Joe DiPietro, whose biggest hit Memphis was a success on both sides of the Atlantic, and David Bryan, an original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for rock giants, Bon Jovi. Prior to the London season, the production will have a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with full details to be announced in due course.
The returning musical will be directed by Benji Sperring, with musical director Alex Beetschen, lighting designer Nic Farman and choreographer Lucie Pankhurst.
The Toxic Avenger plays Arts Theatre from 28 Sept – 3 December. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website.
Images courtesy of Claire Bilyard.