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The cast has been announced for the UK premiere of Joe DiPietro and David Bryan's musical The Toxic Avenger which will run at the Southwark Playhouse from 22 April to 21 May 2016 with an official opening on 26 April 2016.
Mark Anderson, Hannah Grover, Lizzii Hills, Marc Pickering and Ashley Samuels will lead the company which is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions.
The musical is based on the 1984 cult film of the same name and debuted off-Broadway in 2009 where it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical.
This London premiere will be directed by Benji Sperring with musical direction by Alex Beetschen, lighting design by Nic Farman and choreography by Lucie Pankhurst. It will also feature set and costume design by Mike Lees and sound design by Andy Johnson.
"The citizens of Tromaville are crying out for a hero - enter Melvin Ferd the Third, an aspiring earth scientist determined to clean up the toxic waste problem. But when a corrupt Mayor and her government goons try to stop this heroic feat, Melvin is tossed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero!"
Described as a rock ‘n’ roll musical comedy, it is written by the Tony Award-winning creative team behind West End hit 'Memphis', Joe DiPietro and David Bryan.