Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music and Lyrics by David Bryan
Directed by Tracy Lynn Olivera
Music Direction by Jake Null
January 31, 2020 – March 1, 2020
Silver Spring Black Box
Rorschach Theatre’s first musical follows Melvin Ferd the Third, who is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, a superhero hell-bent on cleaning up America. A seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, he’s out to end global warming*, woo the blind librarian in town, and save the world. Based on the cult classic Troma film, THE TOXIC AVENGER, and directed by Helen Hayes Award Winner Tracy Lynn Olivera, this show will be like nothing you’ve ever seen!
* We won’t make you think about actual global warming in this comedy about global warming. We might make you cheer when the arms are ripped off of climate change deniers, but we promise we won’t make you think. Unless, you know, that’s your thing. We are what you see after all…
FEATURING: Ricky Drummond, Jordan Essex, Tess Higgins, Emily Levey, and Joshua Simon
DESIGNED BY: Patti Kalil and Frank Labovitz
CHOREOGRAPHY BY: Ashleigh King
JOE DIPIETRO’s Broadway hit MEMPHIS won the Tony Award for Best Musical and two additional Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with David Bryan). Joe was born and raised off Exit 166 in New Jersey and thus has been a TOXIC AVENGER fan for the last twenty years. Joe wrote the book & lyrics to I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, the longest running musical revue in New York history which has had hundreds of productions across the country and around the world. His plays include the Edgar Award-winning mystery, THE ART OF MURDER, as well as the long-running hit comedy OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS, which has had over a hundred productions around the world and is currently being developed into a feature film. He lives in Manhattan and Connecticut, but his heart will always be in New Jersey.
DAVID BRYAN is a singer/songwriter, composer, lyricist and the keyboard player and founding member of Bon Jovi. David Bryan lives near Exit 109 off the Garden State Parkway. He was conceived, born and raised in New Jersey. As a young man, he saw The Toxic Avenger at a midnight showing in Newark, and from that day on, he dreamed of writing a musical about the first mutant superhero from his home state. This show is a fulfillment of that dream. In his time off from recording and touring with Bon Jovi, David began a career as a composer and lyricist of musicals, including MEMPHIS which recently won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. David also won a Tony for Best Orchestrations (with Daryl Waters) and Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) written for the Theatre (with Joe DiPietro).