Toxic Avenger: Celina Carvajal to join cast
Celina Carvajal will assume the role of 'Sarah,' the sexy, blind librarian from 15 Jun 2009 in the Off-Broadway musical The Toxic Avenger - named the ï¿½Best New Off-Broadway Musicalï¿½ by the Outer Critics Circle.
Carvajal's Broadway credits include 'Tarzan' (Ensemble: 2006), Dracula (Ensemble: 2004), 42nd Street (Annie - replacement: 2002) and Cats (Demeter - replacement: 1998). Off-Broadway shows include starring roles in 'Bed Bugs' at NYMF, 'Green Eyes' at the NYC Fringe Festival and 'Radiant Baby.' When not on the stage, Carvajal performs around New York City with her rock band, ï¿½Cocaine.ï¿½
Carvajal will assume the role from Sara Chase who is leaving the production to create three roles in the musical The First Wives Club premiering at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Carvajal joins original cast members: Nick Cordero, Demond Green, Matthew Saldivar and Nancy Opel (Mayor).
Featuring book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, Youï¿½re Perfect, Now Change) & music by David Bryan (Bon Jovi), with direction by John Rando, The Toxic Avenger opened at New World Stages / Stage 1 on 6 Apr 2009, following previews from 18 Mar, and is selling tickets through to 13 Sep 2009.
The musical opened to mostly good reviews: ""dopey, intermittently funny show" (NY Times); "There's a new green monster in town, and his show is hilarious." (New York Post); "Loud, gross and lovable" (Bloomberg); "delivers a riotously good time" (Back Stage); "it manages to thoroughly entertain ." (Variety)
Toxic Avenger: Set in the mythical town of Tromaville, Exit 13B off the New Jersey Turnpike. An aspiring earth scientist, Melvin Ferd the Third, is determined to clean up the townï¿½s burgeoning toxic waste, until he is tossed into a vat of radioactive goo and emerges as a seven-foot mutant freak and New Jerseyï¿½s first superhero. Armed with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, heï¿½s out to save New Jersey, end global warming and woo Sarah, the prettiest, blindest librarian in town.
Based on the classic 1985 cult film by Lloyd Kaufman, Toxic Avenger premiered this fall at Jersey's George Street Playhouse, where the show became the biggest grossing musical in the theatreï¿½s 34 year history.