Green Takes Three-Week Vacation from Toxic Avenger; Rodriguez Steps In

News   Green Takes Three-Week Vacation from Toxic Avenger; Rodriguez Steps In Demond Green will take a three-week vacation from the new Off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger to portray Judas/John the Baptist in the St. Louis Muny production of Godspell.

During that time period — July 1-19 — understudy Nicholas Rodriguez, who recently joined the cast of ABC's "One Life to Live," will play Green's role.

Rodriguez appeared in the Broadway production of the Disney musical Tarzan, understudying the title role. He also appeared in the Los Angeles company of 10 Commandments and Off-Broadway's Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver. The singer-actor has been part of the workshops of the Broadway-aimed musical Angels.

The Toxic Avenger also features Nancy Opel, Nick Cordero, Celina Carvajal and Matt Saldivar. The production — directed by John Rando, who previously directed Opel in Urinetown — plays Off-Broadway's New World Stages.

The campy and gory new rock musical is based on Lloyd Kaufman's 1985 cult film of the same name. The New Jersey-set musical features songs by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and a book by DiPietro.

The Toxic Avenger, according to producers, "is set in the mythical town of Tromaville, Exit 13B off the New Jersey Turnpike. An aspiring earth scientist, Melvin Ferd the Third, is determined to clean up the town's burgeoning toxic waste, until he is tossed into a vat of radioactive goo and emerges as a seven-foot mutant freak and New Jersey’s first superhero. Armed with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, he's out to save New Jersey, end global warming and woo Sarah, the prettiest, blindest librarian in town." The creative team also includes Beowolf Borritt (scenic design), David C. Woolard (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), Kurt Fischer (sound design), Mark Adam Rampmeyer (hair and make-up design), John Dods (prosthetics and special effects design), Rick Sordelet and David DeBesse (fight direction), Wendy Seyb (choreographer) and Doug Katsaros (music director). Scott Taylor Rollison is the production stage manager.

Jean Cheever and Tom Polum produce the New York run.

New World Stages is located in Manhattan at 340 West 50th Street. For tickets, priced $51.50 & $71.50, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com. For more information visit www.TheToxicAvengerMusical.com.