Full casting has now been announced for the West End transfer of new musical The Grinning Man, with West End stars including Julie Atherton, Mark Anderson and Sanne den Besten amongst those joining the company.
The Toxic Avenger is certainly a stylised, kitsch, cult musical – takis’ set and costumes paint a vivid picture of a luminously dystopian New Jersey (or is it reality?), overrun with toxic waste that the Mayor (Natalie Hope) is dumping about town in order to make a quick buck.
Set in New Jersey, where pollution has over taken the city, we meet Melvin the dweeby teenager (in love with the town’s blind librarian) who is thrown into a vat of toxic waste, becomes the Toxic Avenger and vows to take justice into his own hands.
Based on the cult movie of the 1980’s The Toxic Avenger is a gloriously silly and immensely enjoyable spoof on comic book heroes. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s just one delightful evening of entertainment from start to finish.
This over the top, energetic and highly amusing musical has plenty to offer those who like their musicals with a bit of a quirky charm – but at times feels slightly too reliant on the same jokes over and over again.
It’s no small tale they have to tell, as small-town nerd Melvin takes on the corrupt establishment of New Jersey (Who Will Save New Jersey) who are taking bribes from the Manhattan elite so they can continue to dump their waste across the Hudson River.
Aria Entertainment’s From Page To Stage will have one of the largest companies in the West End this summer: a cast of 56, working alongside 18 creatives, plus musicians and over 50 composers and writers presenting all-new musicals.
Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse last year, rock musical THE TOXIC AVENGER transfers to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited ten-week season from 28 September to 3 December 2017.