Mark Anderson [pictured] will return to the central role in the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger which will follow its sold-out London debut at the Southwark Playhouse with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn.
Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play a limited 10-week season at the Arts Theatre from 28 September.
Anderson (The Book of Mormon, Legally Blonde) will once again play Melvin, the nerdy environmental campaigner transformed into the mutant superhero The Toxic Avenger after being thrown into a vat of toxic waste.
He will be joined by Natalie Hope (Sweet Charity, The Commitments) as the corrupt Mayor and Emma Salvo (Holy Crap, Grease) as Sarah, the woman Toxie loves. The cast will be completed by recent graduates Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Ché Francis who will both make their professional debuts in the show, and Peter Bindloss and Sophia Lewis as swings/understudies.
Taking its inspiration from one of the most famous films to be released by cult movie studio Troma, The Toxic Avenger The Musical features a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by Bon Jovi’s David Bryan, the team behind the quadruple Tony Award-winning Memphis. Toxie made his stage debut Off-Broadway in 2009 where it was nominated for a number of major awards.
Prior to the transfer season at the Arts Theatre, the UK version of the bizarre love story will play a month-long run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Scottish premiere at The Pleasance will run from 2-28 August.
Produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Derek Nichol and Paul Walden for Flying Entertainment, the production’s creative team includes musical director Alex Beetschen, lighting designer Nic Farman and choreographer Lucie Pankhurst.
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Tickets for The Toxic Avenger are available HERE.