BWW TORONTO: A 'TOXIC' Opening Night at the Music Hall

November 6
3:20 PM 2009

BWW TORONTO: A 'TOXIC' Opening Night at the Music Hall

Dancap's Production of The Toxic Avenger officially opened on October 31st, and it was quite a crowd to usher the show into it's new home at the Music Hall on Danforth Ave.

Crowds (largely in costume) were lined up around the block getting ready to take their seats for what promised to be a fun and entertaining night, and it did not disappoint! 

The musical is based on B-movie guru Lloyd Kaufman's popular Toxic Avenger film franchise.  Kaufman worked very hard on this piece as fans of the Troma series of movies are very loyal to the franchise, and are unlikely to be disappointed in the finished product.  The story centers around geek Melvin Ferd the Third who is dumped into a vat of radioactive waste by evil-doers, and in the process becomes New Jersey's first superhero.

For the musical adaption, director John Rando has done a wonderful job creating the set and staging for the Toronto production.  The script by Joe DiPietro is funny and witty, and the audience laughs out loud on more than one occasion.  The rock score is provided by David Bryan of Bon Jovi fame, and the four piece on-stage rock band really blows the roof off the Music Hall.

All in all, I observed a fantastic show with an extremely talented cast of only five, all putting tons of effort and heart into something that is a bit unconventional for musical theatre.  For those who enjoyed Evil Dead: The Musical, be sure to check out The Toxic Avenger...for everyone else, give it a try anyways, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised!

When and Where?

The Toxic Avenger

The Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave

Tickets start at just $20 and can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at 416-644-3665 or online at

For more information please visit

Photos by Kelly Cameron

BWW TORONTO: A 'TOXIC' Opening Night at the Music Hall
NYC Director John Rando Presents Dancap President Aubrey Dan with a Portrait at Curtain Call

BWW TORONTO: A 'TOXIC' Opening Night at the Music Hall
Welcome to Tromaville: Courtesy of the Danforth Music Hall

BWW TORONTO: A 'TOXIC' Opening Night at the Music Hall
The Music Hall decorated


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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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