Spring Play brings to life superhero dreams, nightmares

Mount Mercy University’s drama department will present the rock musical “The Toxic Avenger” April 27–30 in McAuley Theater, located on Mount Mercy’s main campus. The show opens Thursday at 7 p.m., with showings Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

According to Drama Coordinator Jason Alberty, “The Toxic Avenger” is not your typical musical—it combines a love story, environmental issues and superhero powers into one.

“It's hilarious and irreverent and just a bit dirty,” Alberty said. “Oh, and it’s radioactive. After all, when a blind librarian falls in love with a nuclear sludge-dunked geek turned superhero, anything can happen—especially if it's in New Jersey.”

Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, Melvin Ferd the Third lives in the most polluted town in New Jersey: Tromaville. Melvin attempts to clean the city but is troubled by the mayor’s bullies who dump him into a vat of radioactive toxic waste. Emerging from the waste as The Toxic Avenger, New Jersey’s first superhero stands seven feet tall with superhuman strength and strives to save New Jersey, end global warming and charm the blind librarian in Tromaville.

This musical will leave audiences gasping for air through the comical scenes and swooning over the love story. Featuring an impressive musical background, this production will have something for everyone to enjoy.

This show is rated R for language and adult themes. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased over the phone at 319-363-8213 ext. 1229 or online.

For more information contact Jason Alberty or visit our Drama Productions page

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