Based on Lloyd Kaufman’s cult film and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, The Toxic Avenger is a charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical that has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play… well, everyone else … bullies, mobsters, old ladies and stiletto-wearing back up singers.  With book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music and lyrics by David Bryan, the show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you’ll ever see on any stage.

Shaun Rice is a mad Alum On the Move!


Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Music and Lyrics by David Bryan

Direction by Shaun Rice
Music Direction by Mitchell Samuelson

June 18 – July 3, 2020


Shimberg Playhouse @ the Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Cast & Crew

Toxie / Melvin Ferd III – Jonathan T. O’Brien
Sarah – Katie Ward
Mayor Babs Belgoody / Ma Ferd – Melissa Doell
White Dude – Richard Brown
Black Dude – Doug Buffaloe

Director – Shaun Rice
Music Director – Mitchell Samuelson
Production Manager – Cathy Hooten
Stage Manager – Adriane Falcon
Scenic Designer – TBD

Lighting Designer – Anthony Vito
Sound Designer – Jakob Nordstrom
Lighting Technician – Johnny Garde
Costume Designers – Meli Mossey
Photography – Chaz D Photography
Program Designer – Melissa Doell

Marketing & Promotions – Justin Batten, Mark Creek, & Erin Coalson

mad Theatre of Tampa, Inc.
P.O. Box 8417
Tampa, FL 33674

Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place Tampa, FL 33602

The Straz Ticket Office Is Available

Mon. - Sat. Noon - 8 p.m.
Sun. Noon - 6 p.m.
800.955.1045 (Toll Free)
813.229.STAR (7827)

Photo Credit: Designs by Vito: @dbvito

Producing Sponsor 

The Barrymore Hotel, located in Tampa’s Downtown near Tampa Heights and directly across from the Straz Center, features comfortable accommodations and soon-to-be refreshed event space perfect for social events, office parties and holiday parties. Our Sales Team will gladly provide a tour of our banquet space and help you start planning your gathering! Afterwards, enjoy a meal at the Continental restaurant and lounge, the brand new eatery located adjacent to our hotel. The Continental is a “mid-century modern” inspired concept featuring dishes made famous by some of the most historically iconic hotels and restaurants across America alongside a classic martini bar showcasing finely-crafted cocktails.

Enjoy Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3PM-7PM for $2 off specialty cocktails, $4 Wells and $5 house wines and drafts – the perfect spot for a drink and dinner before shows at the Straz!


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