One of the weirdest mutant exploitation movies of all time has been turned into a musical, being staged in New Jersey. The Toxic Avenger, formerly a bizarre B-movie about a skinny nerd who becomes a deformed super-hero after falling into a barrel of toxic waste, has been adapted into a stage musical twice before — but this time around, it harnesses the awesome songwriting skills of a Bon Jovi member. Learn more, and listen to one of the musical's songs, after the jump.
Toxic Avenger: The Musical is focused around the fictional town of Tromaville, New Jersey and their local green-minded superhero, the Toxic Avenger. This version, which doesn't share any material with 2004's Toxic Avenger: The Musical (staged in Omaha, Nebraska) or the 2006 Toxic Avenger: The Musikill.
This time around, it was written by Joe DiPietro from I Love You You're Perfect Now Change, with lyrics from Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. Tony Award-winning director John Rando (from Urinetown) has also signed on.
As with the original movie, the musical follows Melvin Ferd and his transformation into the Toxic Avenger. According to the musical's booth at New York Comic-Con, he'll be "writing wrongs, beating bullies and seducing his lady love Sarah the blind librarian." With musical titles such as "All Men Are Freaks" and "Hot Toxic Love" how could this not succeed? Take a listen to "Brand New Day In New Jersey" right here and check out the rest of the tracks on their website. The show begins September 30, 2008 in New Brunswick, NJ. Fingers crossed for a chorus line of deformed mutants doing a little soft shoe with mops in hand. [Toxic Avenger: The Musical]