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Ben Irish takes over the title role in The Toxic Avenger - The Musical

Ben Irish

Casting news

TONIGHT (Tuesday, November 7, 2017), Ben Irish joins the cast of the critically acclaimed rock musical The Toxic Avenger – The Musical, which continues at the Arts Theatre until Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Irish takes over the title role from Mark Anderson, who has withdrawn from the production for the final four weeks of the strictly limited 10-week season.

Irish will play the dual roles of nerdy Melvin Ferd the Third – an aspiring earth scientist, determined to clean up his home state’s major toxic waste problem – and his alter ego, The Toxic Avenger. When the corrupt Mayor of Tromaville and her goons get wind of his green plans, they vow to stop this heroic feat.

Melvin is attacked and tossed into a vat of toxic waste… transforming him into The Toxic Avenger, a 7-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match – New Jersey’s first superhero!

Ben Irish is a 2011 graduate of ArtsEd, where he gained a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. His recent roles include an Asia tour of Ghost the Musical as first cover for the leading role of Sam Wheat, and two of Sasha Regan’s all-male versions of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Edith in the UK tour of The Pirates of Penzance.

Completing the cast are: Natalie Hope (as Mayor), Emma Salvo (Sarah) Oscar Conlon-Morrey (White Dude) and Ché Francis (Black Dude).

The Toxic Avenger – The Musical – one of the most acclaimed new West End musicals in years – is the brainchild of the Tony Award-winning creative team behind the smash hit West End musical Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, an original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for rock giants, Bon Jovi.

Read more The Toxic Avenger – The Musical.