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.
As The Toxic Avenger returns to London’s Arts Theatre, Jonathan Baz spoke with composer and Bon Jovi keyboards ace, David Bryan. David , what attracted you to write The Toxic Avenger…
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.
Have you caught the current West End revival of Waiting for Godot, which has returned Samuel Beckett’s classic to the Arts Theatre, where it had its English-language premiere in 1955? Check out review highlights here – as well as the new show trailer featuring some of them…
I had my own Godotesque moment to start this week’s Waiting for Godot Q&A. The stage was bare. Where were the chairs? Was anyone bringing chairs? How long would we be waiting for chairs? Did such things as chairs exist?
Last night, Waiting for Godot officially reopened back at London’s Arts Theatre, where Samuel Beckett’s pivotal play first had its English-language premiere 62 years ago. How does the production look, then and now? Full production photos – and a fascinating 1955 archive clipping here.
There’s no clowning like Irish clowning. Sneak a peek into the rehearsal room for Peter Reid’s West End-bound Irish production of Waiting for Godot, which returns Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece to London’s Arts Theatre 62 years after its English-language premiere at the same address.
Have you booked your tickets yet for the West End-bound Irish production of Waiting for Godot yet? Sixty-two years after its English-language premiere, Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece returns home to the Arts Theatre next month.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the company of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece WAITING FOR GODOT, as the play returns home to the stage where it had its English-language premiere 62 years ago, on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Got any questions?
Why did Lee call his American producers in alarm when he first met Sandra Dickinson? What do Sandra and Lucille Ball have in common? Are Lee and Matthew Scott related? What would Lucy herself tell Lee if she were in the audience?
Lee Tannen’s play about his friendship with Lucille Ball is filled with many wonderful stories about her career and life – but also reveals a comedienne and actress who became increasingly vulnerable as she grew older, brought to wonderful life through the direction of Anthony Biggs.
Just transferred from the Jermyn Street theatre to the Arts Theatre, I Loved Lucy is an autobiographical play, adapted from Lee Tannen’s memoirs about his relationship with cultural icon, Lucille Ball. A massive fan of the comedy star, Tannen uses obscure family ties to meet and form a friendship with Lucy.
As wonderful as Matthew is, the evening really belongs to Sandra Dickinson. She really is Lucy. The voice, the mannerisms and the highly infectious laugh are all there.
Have you got your tickets yet for the return of Lee Tannen’s Mates-acclaimed play I LOVED LUCY? Sneak a peek at our rehearsal shots of Sandra Dickinson (reprising her role as Lucille Ball) and Broadway’s Matthew Scott – plus rarely seen colour footage of the real Lucille Ball in action – and then get booking!
The cast for the return of The Toxic Avenger The Musical has been announced as the production prepares to open at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before its West End transfer this autumn.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will talk to the author, director and stars of Lee Tannen’s hit bio-play I LOVED LUCY, returning for a third London season by popular demand, after the performance at the Arts Theatre Wednesday 26 July 2017. Got any questions?
A story about transsexuality, self-identity and sacrifice. Witty and gut-wrenching, stylised and simple. Can a single production encompass all these things and leave an audience wanting more? Seldom. Then along comes Rotterdam.