The Toxic Avenger
BOOK AND LYRICS BY Joe DiPietro
MUSIC AND LYRICS BY David Bryan
Based on Lloyd Kaufman's film The Toxic Avenger
This is the kind of ridiculous fun that audiences have come to expect from us! It's a party, it's a show, it's The Toxic Avenger!
This musical adaptation of the 1980's cult movie classic keeps the cheep thrills you love and adds a dash of magic. Melvin Ferd the Third wants to clean up Tromaville, the most polluted town in New Jersey (just off Exit 13B on the Turnpike). Foiled by the mayor's bullies, Melvin is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey's first superhero. Affectionately known as Toxie, our new hero is a seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark. He's out to save New Jersey, end global warming, and woo the blind librarian in town.
Runtime: 1 hour and 50 minutes, plus intermission
This show contains adult language.
Rave Reviews (among many others):
- "The Toxic Avenger Wreaks Hilarious Musical Havoc", says Mark Pizzato of Charlotte Viewpoint.
- A roaring review from Lawrence Toppman of The Charlotte Observer!
- "Actor's Theatre upstages the off-Broadway production once again", according to Perry Tannenbaum of Creative Loafing Charlotte!
- We know how to make geeks smile, and had Joey of The Charlotte Geeks grinning the whole time!
NOTE: We will be performing next door, in The Movement Center. Center City Church has opened their doors to us in an incredibly generous way. Unfortunately, this shift has caused us to cancel some shows. We apologize for any inconvience. Please still park at 2219 Freedom Drive. Come early and get a tour of our new space before the show! The performance will be held just 50 feet from our front door and we will show you the way!
Wednesday, October 26 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, October 27 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, October 28 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 29 @ 2:30 PM - Cancelled
Saturday, October 29 @ 8:00 PM - Cancelled
Sunday, October 30 @ 2:30 PM - Cancelled
Sunday, October 30 @ 7:30 PM
Wednesday, November 2 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 3 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, November 4 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 5 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 6 @ 2:30 PM
Wednesday, November 9 @ 7:30 PM
Thursday, November 10 @ 7:30 PM
Friday, November 11 @ 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 12 @ 8:00 PM
DOMINIQUE ATWATER (Black Chick) is thrilled to be making her Actor's Theatre debut! Appalachian State University graduate with a BM in Music Education. Recent works: SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! (Interplanet Janet), IN THE BLOOD (Hester, La Negrita), and HAIRSPRAY (Shayna the Dynamite).
JEREMY DECARLOS (Melvin Ferd the Third/Toxic Avenger) is a Carolina native with a Theater Performance degree from Winthrop University. He was most recently seen in Actor's Theatre of Charlotte's FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS PARTS 1,2, & 3 (Homer), ROCK OF AGES (Dennis), and RED (Ken).
LESLIE GILES (Sarah) This is Leslie's first production with ATC. She was most recently seen in KILLING WOMEN (Lucy) with Stephen Seay Productions, and has spent the past decade acting full-time with the Resident Touring Company of Children's Theatre of Charlotte (aka- The Tarradiddle Players) where she performed for about 750,000 audience members in almost 3,000 performances with 40 different productions, including: INTERRUPTING VANESSA (Vanessa), SPELLING 2-5-5 (Laurie), MIKE MULLIGAN & HIS STEAM SHOVEL (Mary Anne), DANNY: KING OF THE BASEMENT (Louise), & THE LITTLEST ANGEL (Littlest Angel). Other local favorites include: VANITIES (Mary) and HOUSE OF YES (Jackie-O) with SSP, THE PRINCESS BRIDE (Buttercup) and DOCTOR HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG (Penny) with COTU, as well as performances with donna scott productions, Quixotic Theatre, QCTC, and Storefront Theatre.
LISA HUGO (Mayor Babs Belgoody/Ma Ferd/Nun) is thrilled to return to the ATC stage after making her debut in last season's STAGE KISS (She). Lisa was last seen onstage in MARY POPPINS (Mrs. Banks). Other favorites include HAIR (Sheila Franklin) at the Zachary Scott Theatre, CLOSER THAN EVER at The Gorilla Theatre, SANDBOX/THE FIRST TIME (Maggie) at 59E59, HERO (Elizabeth) at The Barrow Group Theatre, HELLO DOLLY (Ermengarde) on Tour, UNLUCKY MAN (Lucy) NY Fringe Festival, SOUND OF MUSIC (Leisl, u/s Maria) at Westchester Broadway Theatre, GUYS & DOLLS (Miss Adelaide), NUNSENSE 1&2 (Sister Mary Leo), as well as several workshops and new works in NYC.
MATTHEW JOHNSON ("Swing") is excited to be making his debut with ATC. He recently graduated from East Carolina University with his BFA in Musical Theatre. Matthew was most recently seen performing in THE LOST COLONY in the NC Outer Banks. Favorite roles include YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Dr. Frankenstein), ANYTHING GOES (Billy Crocker), LAS MENINAS (King Louis XIV), and LUCKY STIFF (Luigi Gaudi). matthewblakejohnson.net
RYAN STAMEY (White Dude) is thrilled to once again return to the ATC stage after most recently being seen in last spring's FLY BY NIGHT (Harold). You may also remember Ryan from THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Duke), THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL (Rufus), EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL (Jake), [TITLE OF SHOW] (Hunter), BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (Various Characters), THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE (Davey), and OTHER DESERT CITIES (Trip Wyeth).
CHIP DECKER (Director) was born and raised in the Green Mountains of Vermont and has lived in Texas, North Dakota and North Carolina. Chip joined Actor’s Theatre in 1996 and became Artistic Director in 2002. In addition to acting in our productions of DARK RAPTURE, STUMPS, ZARA SPOOK & OTHER LURES, BUG, THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE’S “ABRIDGED” plays and RABBIT HOLE, Chip received MTA's Best Supporting Actor award for his portrayal of Michael in ATC's multi-award winning drama, THE PILLOWMAN. Also, he received Creative Loafing’s Best Director (Comedy) Award for our production of WONDER OF THE WORLD, as well as sharing Theatre Person of the Year honors. He has directed THE WHIPPING MAN, RED, CUTTIN' UP, BLUE DOOR, THE 39 STEPS, END DAYS, MY FIRST TIME, ATC’s first World Premiere Commission SOUTHERN RAPTURE, THE LIEUTENANT OFINISHMORE, POLISH JOKE that opened our 2005-2006 season, THE OLDEST PROFESSION, and THE SANTALAND DIARIES.
DR. BRADLEY FUGATE (Musical Director) is a singer, voice instructor, accompanist, music director, and musicologist, living near Uptown Charlotte. He holds a doctorate in Voice Performance from UNC-Greensboro (2006) and a PhD in Musicology from Boston University (2016) as well as degrees from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (MM ’97) and Furman University (BM ’95). Brad currently teaches singing at Davidson College (Davidson, NC) as well as privately, facilitates online graduate courses in musicology through Boston University, music directs for Actor’s Theater of Charlotte, and sings professionally in the Charlotte area.
TOD KUBO (Choreographer) For 23 years, Tod A. Kubo has choreographed his way across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. He is thrilled to be choreographing THE TOXIC AVENGER for ATC after previously choreographing ROCK OF AGES and THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILERPARK XMAS. Tod is an adjunct professor at Catawba College and teaches dance for their theatre arts dept. Highlights of Tod's choreography career include: PETER PAN and THE WIZARD OF OZ-Onstage Theatrics Las Vegas, RENT-Prague Czech Republic Premiere/The Kalich Theatre, KING DAVID- New York and European Tours, DREAMER- National Tour, COUGAR, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, TITLE OF SHOW, PASSING STRANGE and DREAM A LITTLE DREAM- Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, CHICAGO for CPCC Summer Theatre, CABARET, THE COLOR PURPLE, SPAMALOT, LEAP OF FAITH, CATS and CHICAGO- PPT Inc., OKLAHOMA-West Coast Opera Theatre Palm Desert, THE SOUND OF MUSIC and PETER PAN- Bob Hope Cultural Arts Center, WEST SIDE STORY and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST-Musical Theatre West, 42ND STREET-Gallimaufry Performing Arts, FACETS FROM BROADWAY- Pacific Symphony Orchestra and SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK-Saddleback CLO. Some additional choreography credits: DREAMGIRLS, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, FOOTLOOSE, CURTAINS, THE CHILDREN OF EDEN, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, GYPSY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, GUYS AND DOLLS, HOW TO SUCCEED..., CHESS, MIKADO, HELLO DOLLY, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING..., THE SOUND OF MUSIC, ME AND MY GIRL, THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES, TITLE OF SHOW, and THE MUSIC MAN.
CHRISTY EDNEY LANCASTER (Stage Manager)is a proud Stage Manager for Actor's Theatre of Charlotte. She is also Assistant Technical Director for CPCC performance facilities which handles multiple venues and events. She is a Lighting Designer with Wink Lighting that designs many school shows along with weddings and special events. She is also a sound engineer here in Charlotte with her husband Steve. If there is a technical theatre need... she is there!