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We Need a Hero: The Toxic Avenger at Horizon Theatre
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We Need a Hero: The Toxic Avenger at Horizon Theatre

Horizon Theatre mashed up the classic 1984 Troma film with the great American musical, and we get to watch as our hero Toxie cleans up New Jersey and tries to win the love of a blind librarian- all set to a rockin’ score dreamed up by the keyboardist from Bon Jovi. Be still, our hearts.

What To Expect

  • A ticket to Horizon Theatre’s production of The Toxic Avenger
  • A hilarious musical based on the 1984 cult classic movie of the same name
  • A cold beverage from Horizon’s bar. (Don’t worry- it’s not toxic.)
  • Your seat in the Scoutmob experience section

Scout Notes

Bad movies are kind of our thing. Not just kinda bad, but the so-bad-they're-good kind- give us cheap and bloody special effects, bad camera angles, cliche writing, wooden acting, and somehow it all adds up to pure magic. Add toxic waste, and well, we're in love. There’s just something special when the lights going down to whisk us off to a fantastical world where villains get their comeuppance in a terribly gory way, where the heroes are 90-pound weaklings who just happen to fall into a barrel of toxic waste, and then there's a song and dance number, and the love story blossoms just the way we want it. Wait a sec. Did we mix genres? Did we confuse cult classic B-movies with the great American musical? No, no, we haven't gone crazy- Horizon Theatre mashed ‘em up, and we're ever so grateful that we can finally catch a classic Troma film in musical form with their 2016 season opener, The Toxic Avenger. Yes, Scouts, right here in our own Little 5 Points can we see the award winning off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger, along with a drink to help wash down all the toxic laughs and a seat in the Scoutmob experience section.

So maybe it isn’t a direct representation of the 1984 cult classic film, but we'll definitely get to see our hero, Toxic Avenger, a.k.a Toxie, take on the bad guy. Set in Tromaville, the mayor and her thugs are dead set on turning it into one big toxic dump. Wannabe earth-scientist Melvin Ferd the third gets dumped onto a vat of toxic gunk, and that’s when it starts getting gooey- can Toxie save New Jersey from environmental disaster and land the love of his life? We’ll find out through songs, dance numbers, and a fast paced show that makes us root for the “goo guy.” And as always, Horizon Theatre is bringing the best to the stage- the cast is a powerhouse mashup of performers from RENT and Avenue Q, the dream team of director Heidi McKerley and musical director S. Renee Clark are at the helm, and the whole thing was written by legends. Yep, Broadway veteran Joe DiPietro wrote the book and lyrics, and Bon Jovi’s David Bryan wrote the music and lyrics. Yeah, that’s the keyboardist from Bon Jovi, y’all. We’re fangirling out too, don’t worry. And a non-toxic drink to help ease us into the song and dance numbers? Horizon, you’ve outdone yourself.

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