SYNOPSIS: Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film, The Toxic Avenger, and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all – an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two actors who play… well, pretty much everyone else … bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers. With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you’ll ever see on any stage.
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, the new hero is a 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 librarianin town.
Performances are at Burien Actors Theatre in Burien from Sept. 30 through Oct. 30 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Rehearsals begin in mid-August.
The stage director is Marc “Mok” Moser and the music director is Paul Linnes.
$100 stipend provided.
Auditions are Saturday, June 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. Callbacks will be Saturday, June 25 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Please prepare a one-minute contemporary comedic monologue and 16-32 bars each of two contrasting songs in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. CD accompaniment or a cappella singing is not allowed. Please also bring resume and headshot. Callbacks will consist of cold readings from the script, working with music from the show, and possible dance.
Please make audition appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-242-5180. Auditions will be held at Burien Actors Theatre, 14501 Fourth Ave S.W., Burien. For directions, go to http://burienlittletheatre.org/directions.html.
Seeking actors of all races, ethnicities and body types to audition.
Sarah the blind librarian: Female, age 20-39. All ethnicities. The classic heroine. She sees only the good in everyone and everything around her. Although at first glance pure and naive, she is no stranger to sex and is an aspiring writer of graphic romance novels. Falls madly in love with the Toxic Avenger, fantasizing that he is her big French boyfriend. Speaks exactly what is on her mind. Range G3-E5.
Mayor Babs Belgoody/Ma Ferd/Nun: Female, age 40-59. All ethnicities. As the Mayor, she is corrupt and scheming, accepting loads of cash in return for storing toxic waste in the town she was elected to protect. Uses her sexuality for political gain. Determined to become governor of New Jersey at any cost. As Ma, she is tough, working class. Range G3-G5.
Melvin Ferd the Third/Toxic Avenger: Male, age 20-39. All ethnicities. Shy, sensitive nerd, and the choice victim of Tromaville bullies. But locked deep inside is a raging fire, burning to save New Jersey, and the world, from toxic waste and global warming. The bullies finally have their way, and dump Melvin into toxic goo, only to give birth to The Toxic Avenger, a green mutant superhero with bulging muscles and bouts of temper. In love with Sarah. Contemporary pop bari-tenor, range D4-C6.
Ethnic Dude/Dudette: Male or female, age 20-45. Any ethnicity other than Caucasian. Actor should be physically versatile with strong dialects as actor plays numerous distinctive, quirky and outrageous roles, both male and female, such as Professor Ken, Sluggo the Bully, Little Old Lady and Shinequa the Friend. Must move well. Range A3-D6.
White Dude/Dudette: Male or female, age 20-45. All ethnicities. Actor should be physically versatile with strong dialects as actor plays numerous distinctive. quirky and outrageous roles, both male and female, such as Dr. Fishbein, Bozo the Bully, Sal the Cop, and Lorenzo the Hairdresser. Must move well. Range A3-B5.