The Toxic Avenger OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • TM

  • TIME OUT

  • MUSIC OMH

  • VILLAGE VOICE

Opening Night:
April 7, 2009
Closing:
January 3, 2010

Theater: New World Stages / 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

Based on the classic 1985 cult film by Lloyd Kaufman, The Toxic Avenger is a new musical by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) & David Bryan (Bon Jovi), with direction by John Rando.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Toxic Avenger

    Geek Turns Superhero to Save a Town

    Charles Isherwood

    April 7, 2009: What’s big and green and sings pop-rock anthems while tearing off the limbs of evildoers? The Toxic Avenger, the mutant superhero born of a shlocky cult movie who has now been given the supreme honor of inspiring a stage musical.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger

    Andy Propst

    April 7, 2009: Boy meets blind girl, turns toxic after exposure to hazardous waste, saves the environment, and gets the girl. That's the basic scenario of the rollickingly funny new musical The Toxic Avenger now at New World Stages, in which bookwriter Joe DiPietro and composer David Bryan take the senseless violence and over-the-top gore of the 1984 movie of the same name and morphs them into campy fun.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger

    Time Out New York

    April 9, 2009: This is precisely the breed of pop-culture mutant Off Broadway was made for: a winking rock & roll romp inspired by sci-fi schlock, crammed with a smorgasbord of showpieces for outsize comic talents to chew on. Audience appetites for such frothy runoff may vary according to age and degree of intoxication, but for most of its running time The Toxic Avenger is hard to resist on its own infectious terms. It's Shrek for stoners.

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  • MUSIC OMH REVIEW OF The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger

    Richard Patterson

    March 18, 2009: In the silly new musical based on the 1984 B-movie horror flick there's not much to be found in the way of art.

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  • VILLAGE VOICE REVIEW OF The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger Actually Kind of Good

    Eric Grode

    April 15, 2009: The Toxic Avenger is about three times better than you'd expect—which, depending on your expectation level, puts it somewhere between painless and actually kind of . . . good.

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