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The Toxic Avenger Musical in New York City

[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 5/4/2009 - www.Littleviews.com ]

The Toxic Avenger Musical is playing at the New World Stages at 340 W. 50th Street in New York City.

Use code TOBLOG409 for a discount on orchestra seats at the ticket box, or through www.BroadwayOffers.com. The discount ends after July 31, 2009.

Regular Orchestra Seat Price: $71.50 / $51.50. Discounted Price: $45 (includes $1.50 facility fee). This offer is valid for select performances thru 7/31/09 and is subject to availability. Not valid on prior purchase. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions; blackout dates and restrictions may apply. Limit eight (8) tickets per order. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time. Additional service fees may apply to phone and website orders.


Members of The Toxic Avenger Musical, New York, April 2009, and guests from the All-American Rejects. Top Row: David Brian (Toxic Avenger song writer and Bon Jovi band member), Tyson Ritter and friend (All-American Rejects), Nick Cordero (Toxie himself), Sara Chase (Sara, the sweet librarian),  Matthew Saldivar (white dude), and Demond Green (black dude). </b>Second Row:</b> Chris Gaylor and Mike Kennerty (All-American Rejects), Nancy Opel (NJ Mayor and Mother Ferd), and Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects).

>>  Does pollution make you mad? Do you wish you could squash a few governmental and industrial heads to make it stop?

Well, learn techniques from the Toxic Avenger (affectionately known as "Toxie"), a singing, dancing, New Jersey super hero who was dipped into bucket of toxic sludge and emerged a ready to rock and roll AND rip off enough arms (heads, legs, etc.) to get the job of environmental cleanup done, once and for all!

Staging consists of hundred of old oil drums, each oozing crud. Center stage oil drums rotate to reveal scenes, including that of a library, a dump, the greedy mayor's office, and a scientific laboratory, to name a few. Mounds of barrels provide the landscape over which actors and dancers climb, leap, dive, and periodically lose their guts.

Karen and Phil Little in the Tox Box at the Toxic Avenger Musical in New York CityWhile all tickets on the main floor are great, try to obtain Tox Box tickets ($85, two drinks included) which are for mezzanine seats that run along the edge of the balcony. Rest your drinks conveniently on top of old barrels that serve as tables, each of which is filled with some dubious substance. (That's me sitting on one of the barrels. I had hoped to leave the theater 25 pounds lighter due to leached toxicity, but no such luck. I gained. My husband, to my right, was clean shaven, however, when we entered the show...)

The show makes me want to re-attend, dressed in character or with props, similar to what's done for the long-running movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Toxic Avenger provides several characters that can be imitated, including Toxie himself (think green slime), his questionably virginal, blind love interest, a mad scientist, miscellaneous thugs (with and without extremities), a buxom, power-mad mayor, and a sweet little old lady (with or without extremities). For ideas that match the theme of crap (no pun intended) and corruption, visit the fabulous Halloween Adventure NYC Mega Store at 4th Avenue and 11th Street.

Is this a family show? It is very mildly ribald, so you need to know your comfort level when attending with older teenagers. They'd get it, but maybe you wouldn't.

Every super hero, of course, does need a love interest, and quite fortunately, Toxie's keeps an ample amount of room freshener on hand. Although Toxie is an oozing mess, his smooth pecks, tight abs (smothered in room freshener, of course), and ability to shred anyone who tries to hurt her, convinced his gal that he's "Mr. Right." That, and the fact that he succeeds in cleaning up New Jersey, whereas the U.S. Government's Superfund Sites are still trying.

Background

The Toxic Avenger Musical book and lyrics were written by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics were written by David Brian (keyboard player and founding member Bon Jovi). Their work is based on the original silly business of Lloyd Kaufman, whose fascination with toxicity lead to The Toxic Avenger movie, animated series, books, and comics.

Click Creators for more information on the entire creative team. Click Joe's Blog to read his thoughts about bringing The Toxic Avenger to New York City.

Who's Who in the Top Photo

This picture was taken in April after the band, The All-American Rejects, visited the cast.

Top Row: David Brian (Toxic Avenger song writer and Bon Jovi band member), Tyson Ritter and friend (All-American Rejects), Nick Cordero (Toxie himself), Sara Chase (Sara, the sweet librarian), Matthew Saldivar (white dude), and Demond Green (black dude)

Second Row: Chris Gaylor and Mike Kennerty (All-American Rejects), Nancy Opel (NJ Mayor and Mother Ferd), and Nick Wheeler (All-American Rejects).

Questions? Just ask me, Karen, at karen@littleviews.com

Article by Karen Little. Photos furnished by the creative team of The Toxic Avenger. First published on 5/4/2009. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.






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