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Casting has been announced for the West End transfer of The Toxic Avenger, which opens at the Arts Theatre in September.
With a book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, The Toxic Avenger is a musical based on Lloyd Kaufman’s 1984 film about a geeky man who lands in a barrel of toxic waste and transforms into a monster. The production, directed by Benji Sperring, got its European premiere at Southwark Playhouse last April.
Mark Anderson reprises his role as Melvin/Toxie for the West End and upcoming Edinburgh Fringe runs. Anderson was a member of the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon, and has also appeared in the international tour of Stiles & Drewe’s Three Little Pigs.
Natalie Hope will play Mayor. She has previously appeared in Sweet Charity for the Manchester Royal Exchange, Legally Blonde at Leicester Curve and The Commitments at the Palace Theatre in London.
Emma Salvo, who recently appeared in Holy Crap at the King’s Head Theatre, plays Sarah while Oscar Conlon-Morrey and Ché Francis both make their professional theatre debuts.
The musical debuted in New Jersey in 2008 before getting its Off-Broadway premiere in 2009 at New World Stages, where it won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. When it opened at Southwark Playhouse, our critic Mark Shenton gave the show four stars, adding “Leave your brain at the door, don't ask too many questions and you'll enjoy the ride.”
The Toxic Avenger gets its West End premiere at the Arts Theatre from from 28 September to 3 December following a run Pleasance in Edinburgh this August.
The Toxic Avenger tickets are available now.