Aristotle Piemash writes,
The Cult Classic film The Toxic Avenger, is hitting the London stage in Musical form this April. The titular hero 'Toxie' (first created in 1984 by filmic impresario Lloyd Kaufman) has taken many media forms over the years, with three movie sequels, a fantastic Marvel comic run (showcasing the talents of Sam Kieth amongst others and available as a DRM free download from Troma).
And finally the 'not so classic' cartoon series and toyline Toxic Crusaders.
The musical from the writers of Memphis, will have its European premiere at London's Southwark Playhouse(who last year staged USAGI YOJIMBO) and be produced by Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James, Szpiezak Productions and Frazer Brown.
The official blurb reads:
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.
Tony Award-winning creative team behind Memphis, Joe DiPietro (book) and David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame (music), is based on Lloyd Kauffman's 1984 cult classic film from Troma Entertainment. It debuted off-Broadway on 6 April 2009, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.
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."
They are also offering two tickets to Bleeding Cool readers if people tweet/facebook #hottoxielove #Bleedingcool…
Toxic Avenger The Musical will run from 22 April to 21 May 2016 – Tickets available here.