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Evan Ruggiero in Pittsburgh CLOâ€™s THE TOXIC AVENGER | Photos: Archie Carpenter ABOUT THE TOXIC AVENGER is a rock musical based on the 1980s cult-film classic of the same name. Joe DiPietro and David Bryanâ€™s â€œmonstrouslyâ€ fun show premiered Off-Broadway at New World Stages on April 6, 2009 and ran for more than 300 performances. CHARACTERS MELVIN FERD THE THIRD/THE TOXIC AVENGER â€“ An earth scientist who loves Sarah, though she fails to find him attractive until heâ€™s turned into a hideous, but still morally sound, monster. SARAH, THE BLIND LIBRARIAN â€“ Blind, sexy and sensual, Sarah is not afraid to speak exactly whatâ€™s on her mind. She doesnâ€™t see Melvin as anything more than a friend until heâ€™s mutated into Toxie. MAYOR BABS BELGOODY â€“ The conniving mayor who will stop at nothing to secure her place as governor of New Jersey. SLUGGO AND BOZO â€“ The goons who do Mayor Belgoodyâ€™s bidding. MA FERD â€“ Melvinâ€™s wise and sharp mother. PROFESSOR KEN â€“ The intelligent and helpful evil scientist. CONTENT Adult language and some sexually suggestive content. Recommended for ages 13 years and over. SYNOPSIS Melvin Ferd the Third, an ambitious earth scientist, is determined to solve all of toxic waste problems in his town of Tromville, New Jersey. He consults his blind librarian friend, Sarah, who is enamored by Melvinâ€™s dedication to the environment, but is simply not attracted to him. Meanwhile at city hall, Mayor Babs Belgoody gloats about her determination to become New Jerseyâ€™s next Governor. When Melvin discovers that the Mayor is the one responsible for all of the toxic goo in the city, he confronts her. Knowing Melvin could ruin her chances at becoming Governor, she sends her goons, Sluggo and Bozo, to attack Melvin and toss him in a vat of toxic waste. After they successfully complete their mission, the goons encounter Sarah on her walk home and harass her until she faints. Before their taunting can go any further, Melvin â€“ now a hideous, green mutant â€“ arises from the sludge and enacts a brutal revenge on the henchmen. Afterwards, this new hero â€“ The Toxic Avenger â€“ takes Sarah home. She nicknames him Toxie and wants to touch his face, but he refuses. She assumes he must be French and immediately calls up her girlfriends to brag about her new French boyfriend. Back at home, Toxieâ€™s mother, Ma Ferd, expresses how disappointed sheâ€™s been in him for his entire life and immediately sends him to Professor Ken to be examined. Professor Ken concludes that the only thing that can kill Melvin in his new form is bleach. Toxie thus decides to continue on with his mission to save Tromaville. He visits Sarah who tries to seduce him, but the shy and nervous Toxie stops all of her advances. His reservations turn Sarah on even more as the two share a duet about the passionate love they feel between them. The Toxic Avenger soon becomes a hero of the city, leading Mayor Babs Belgoody to seek out ways to terminate him. She consults Professor Ken and seductively gets him to reveal to her Toxieâ€™s only weakness. Toxie discloses his true identity to Sarah. She is embarrassed for how sheâ€™s been behaving and tells him that they should start seeing other people. Enraged and humiliated, Toxie takes to the streets with his temper and goes on a rampage. Meanwhile, Sarah laments her heartache to Ma Ferd who lovingly informs her that â€œall men are freaks,â€ and that she should consider giving Melvin another chance. The Mayor forms a mob to take down Toxie, but Sarah intervenes. After shooting at â€“ and missing â€“ the Mayor several times, Sarah finally manages to hit her. But itâ€™s too late: Belgoody has already attacked Toxie with bleach. How will this monster of a tale end? Join Pittsburgh CLO for THE TOXIC AVENGER, September 22-December 18 at the CLO Cabaret!