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The Toxic Avenger The Musical transfers to the Arts Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse, when it received six Off West End Award nominations including Best Musical, The Toxic Avenger The Musical is transferring to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited 10-week season – from Thursday, September 28 to Sunday, December 3, 2017.

The Toxic Avenger is the brainchild of the Tony Award-winning creative team behind the smash hit West End musical Memphis, Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, and original founding member and keyboardist/vocalist for rock giants, Bon Jovi.

Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult 1984 comedy schlock-horror Troma film The Toxic Avenger, The Toxic Avenger The Musical 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!

Toxie is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a supersized heart to match. He’s out to save heavily polluted New Jersey, end global warming, win the heart of the prettiest (blindest) librarian in town and get home in time for dinner!

The Toxic Avenger The Musical includes the numbers Who Will Save New Jersey?, Get the Geek, Thank God She’s Blind, Hot Toxic Love and Choose Me, Oprah!

Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment, The Toxic Avenger The Musical is directed by Benji Sperring, with musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting by Nic Farman and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst. Casting will be announced in due course.

Prior to the London season, the production will have a month-long run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Toxic Avenger The Musical is suitable for ages 12+.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 020 7836 8463 or visit artstheatrewestend.co.uk/ or toxicavengermusical.co.uk/.

Also at the Arts Theatre: Judy!, Ray Rackham’s extraordinary biographical musical based on the life of Judy Garland (May 16 to June 17, 2017).