Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 film, The Toxic Avenger is a cult rock musical about a strange love story with an environmental twist. The story is about a nerdy earth scientist driven to clean up the toxic waste problem in his home town. When the corrupt Mayor’s goons tossed him into a vat of toxic waste, he transforms into superhero The Toxic Avenger.
In a press statement before its premiere at Southwark Playhouse, book writer and co-lyricist DiPietro said that The Toxic Avenger ‘is a modern, musical superhero and the world leader in the fight against pollution, corruption, and evil politicians.’
During its run at Southwark Playhouse, the show received great reviews from critics and theatre fans alike. Daisy Bowie-Sell praised Benji Sperring’s ‘excellent production’. In addition, The Stage’s Paul Vale called the show ‘a madcap treat’, thanks to its homage to the source material, strong musical story line, meta-comedy, and contemporary humour.
Original creative team to join up once again for West End theatre run
The production comes from the same team behind the recent West End hit Memphis, namely Joe DiPietro and David Bryan. The original creative team will also reunite for the future move. Benji Sperring is back as the director, Alex Beeschen as the musical director, and Nic Farman for lighting design. Lucie Pankhurst will be heading choreography for the Arts Theatre production as well. Meanwhile, Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Derek Nicol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment will be producing the show.
Meanwhile, casting is yet to be announced.
Before the show returns to London, The Toxic Avenger will also have a month-long run at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.