DiPietro & Bryan's Toxic Avenger Rock Musical Opens at George Street

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The Toxic Avenger, the new musical by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, opens Oct. 10 after previews from Oct. 1 at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ.

Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) directs the new show, which has Tony nominee Nancy Opel (Broadway's Urinetown, Fiddler on the Roof) playing the mayor of Tromaville, NJ, the fictitious toxic township.

Yes, the Garden State is the home turf for the radioactive superhero who was seen in the cult classic film.

According to GSP, "Tromaville is one exit you don't want to take off the New Jersey Turnpike — but Melvin Ferd the Third is determined to change all that. Tossed into a big vat of radioactive goo, he is transformed into The Toxic Avenger — New Jersey's own superhero — righting wrongs, beating bullies and seducing his ladylove, Sarah the blind librarian. The Toxic Avenger takes the terrific characters from the 1980s cult classic film by Lloyd Kaufman and creates a smart, clever and extremely entertaining new rock musical and love story."

Performances play to Nov. 2.

With a book and lyrics by DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), and music and lyrics by Bon Jovi founding member and keyboardist David Bryan, this musical romp offers a timely "green" message set in New Jersey. The cast also includes newcomer Nick Cordero, seen in his native Canada in roles such as Jamie in The Last Five Years and Che in Evita as Melvin Ferd the Third; Audra Blaser (seen in the television series "Suburban Girl" and "Lovebites") as Sarah, the blind librarian; David Josefsberg (Broadway's The Wedding Singer and Grease) and Demond Green (The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse, Midsummer Night's Dream at Paper Mill Playhouse and McCarter Theatre), playing a number of roles.

The creative team includes musical director-orchestrator Christopher Jahnke (Aida musical director, orchestrations for Cry Baby and Legally Blonde), choreographer Wendy Seyb (Walmartopia, Trey Parker's Cannibal the Musical), scenic designer Beowulf Boritt (Falsettos at George Street Playhouse, Broadway's 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), lighting designer Ken Posner (Hairspray, Grease) and costume designer David C. Woolard (a Tony nominee for The Rocky Horror Show and The Who's Tommy).

Plainfield, NJ native John Dods (Beauty and the Beast and Young Frankenstein) will design "the prosthetics that will facilitate the transformation of Melvin Ferd the Third into The Toxic Avenger."

For information, call the Playhouse box office (732) 246-7717, or purchase online at www.GSPonline.org.

George Street Playhouse is located at 9 Livingston Avenue, "in the heart of New Brunswick's dining and entertainment district."

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