Saturday, March 28, 2009
Found this article in my alerts this morning. It seems anyone going to opening night, April 6, should keep an eye out. Jon and Richie are supposedly going to be in attendance.
Nicholas White, a new contributor to Hero Complex, has a report on a New York stage production of the cult-classic film ... you can see footage from the production below as well.
"The Toxic Avenger," that gloriously ripe camp-horror film in 1984, never really disappeared, but who would have expected it to reach the stage as an off-Broadway musical 25 years after it first made a haz-mat splash?
After several months at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse last fall, the kitschy "Toxic Avenger: The Musical" gets its opening night in Manhattan on April 6 (following previews that began March 18) at New York’s New World Stages.
“I think the people in the show give it some validity," says star Nick Cordero, who plays the Avenger and his nerdy alter ego, Melvin Ferd. "With the Broadway climate nowadays, there is no shortage of theaters wanting shows. It wasn’t as hard to find a theater as it was finding the right one.”
Conceived in the spring of 2008, the "Avenger" musical is set in aromatic (and fictitious) Tromaville, N.J., which holds the dubious honor of being the world’s most polluted city. “It’s poking fun of New Jersey in a good way,” Bryan says. “We [Bon Jovi] are from there, and we are not mocking ourselves out … everywhere on earth since 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,' it’s always the Jersey joke.”
Some of the tunes in the show: "It's a Brand New Day in New Jersey," "Evil Is Hot" and "Hot Toxic Love." Just as Hollywood mines old TV shows for high-concept ideas and name recognition, stage productions are looking to fanboy faves as unexpected source material, with high-profile ventures such as "The Fly" at the L.A. Opera and the big-budget Spider-Man show planned. So it's no surprise that "Avenger" has the familiar beats of the old film, but also some 21st century messages stirred in with the vintage sludge.