New Musical Toxic Avenger Opens Off-Broadway April 6

News   New Musical Toxic Avenger Opens Off-Broadway April 6 The Toxic Avenger, the new musical that made its world premiere last year at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, officially opens at Off-Broadway's New World Stages April 6.
The Toxic Avenger stars Nick Cordero and Sara Chase
The Toxic Avenger stars Nick Cordero and Sara Chase Photo by Carol Rosegg

The cast is headed by Nancy Opel, Sara Chase, Nick Cordero, Demond Green and Matt Saldivar. Opel, Cordero and Green all starred in the George Street Playhouse run; Chase appeared in the initial workshop production.

The production — directed by John Rando, who previously directed Opel in Urinetown — began previews Off-Broadway March 18.

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.

Demond Green, Matthew Saldivar, Nick Cordero, Sara Chase and Nancy Opel in <i>The Toxic Avenger</i>
Demond Green, Matthew Saldivar, Nick Cordero, Sara Chase and Nancy Opel in The Toxic Avenger Photo by Carol Rosegg