The European premiere of the smash-hit off-Broadway rock musical, THE TOXIC AVENGER, based on the 1984 classic cult film comes to Southwark Playhouse this April
The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero – enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!
‘Toxie’ is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match. He’s out to save New Jersey, end global warming, woo the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner, in this toxic love story with an environmental twist. Prepare to laugh, scream and sing as ‘Toxie’ rocks the house and saves the day.
The European premiere of this monster of a rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy from the Tony Award- winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, is based on Lloyd Kauffman’s 1984 cult classic film from Troma Entertainment. It debuted off-Broadway on April 6, 2009, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. This production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
Writer Joe DiPietro says: “The Toxic Avenger is a modern, musical superhero and the world leader in the fight against pollution, corruption and evil politicians. So how brilliant that he’s finally going where he’s needed most: London.”
Casting and further creative details are to be announced.
Please note: The Toxic Avenger marks the introduction of allocated seating to Southwark Playhouse in The Large space. Patrons can pick their seats online or will be given best available seats when booking over the phone. Seating in The Little space remains unreserved.
Book by Joe DiPietro. Music by David Bryan.
Directed by Benji Sperring.
Musical direction by Alex Beetschen.
Lighting design by Nic Farman.
Choreography by Lucie Pankhurst.
Run: Friday 22 April – Saturday 21 May 2016