With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, The Toxic Avenger, the musical is a laugh riot deliberately going for the jugular with non PC jokes, making being blind funny but at its heart is a very acute and profound comment on the state of American Society and that is the point and it’s a point well made. The score has strong melodies with stand out numbers being ‘My French Boyfriend’ and Evil is hot. The cast are outrageous and all process vocal ranges that took the roof of the theatre.
The pop and comic book look quality to the production made the whole thing gel like glue, this is a fell good , energetic, broad farce of a musical as American as apple pie.
The way the play is staged utilises well known comic devices bordering on slapstick but that is what makes this show so good even name checking Phantom of the Opera and Rocky Horror with cheeky acknowledgement site gags that got the belly laughs they deserved, This is a musical based on the principle that revenge is sweet and sweet this show is. With the cast of Mark Anderson as Melvin and Toxie. Emma Salvo as Sarah, tour de force from Natalie Hope playing multiple roles of the sex crazed Mayor, Ma Ferd and a Nun , very special mention has to made of Che Francis, also playing multiples roles and lastly Oscar Conlon-Morrey also playing multiple roles whose skill as a clown was outstanding, Toxic Avenger is about having a good time and being aware that we are actually destroying our planet and that message is put across in a vibrant , passionate way by cast that were having a ball and it showed. Marvelous stuff!
4 stars runs to the 3rd December, Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London WC2N 7JB, Box office 020 7836 8463 artstheatrewestend.co.uk