Move over, Bloomberg; the mayoral race just got a whole lot tighter as Erin Leigh Peck takes on the role of Mayor Babs Belgoody, along with other memorable characters, in The Toxic Avenger, the Outer Critics' Circle 2009 pick for Best New Off-Broadway Musical. Peck will be playing the multiple roles currently played by Nancy Opel, who originated the roles in the world premiere production at George Street Playhouse, while Opel is on vacation. Peck has been understudying all female roles since the show began performances at New York's New World Stages (340 W. 50th St) in March of 2009.
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. The show also features the most memorable and unbelievable duet you'll ever see on any New York stage. Audiences from teenagers to senior citizens love this hilarious new hit musical!
Based on the 1985 classic cult film from Lloyd Kaufman, The Toxic Avenger features music and lyrics by David Bryan (keyboardist and founding member of Bon Jovi), book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and is directed by Tony Award® winner John Rando. Bryan and DiPietro also collaborated on Memphis now playing at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway.
The performance schedule for The Toxic Avenger is: Monday, Wednesday - Friday at 8PM, Saturday at 4 & 8PM and Sunday at 3 & 7:30PM. Tickets are $51.50 & $71.50 and may be purchased through TeleCharge at (212) 239-6200/www.telecharge.com. The original cast recording (Time Life) is in stores and available on iTunes. For further information and fun online content, and new TOX-A-RI-FIC merchandise, please visit the show's official web site (TheToxicAvengerMusical.com). The Toxic Avenger Toronto company is currently in previews at The Music Hall at the Danforth in Toronto and is scheduled to open October 31st - Halloween night!
Erin Leigh Peck Broadway: Brighton Beach Memoirs (Laurie), Grease! (u/s Marty, Frenchy, Patty, Rizzo), Dance of the Vampires (Zsa-Zsa). Off Broadway: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. TV: "Law and Order SVU," "As the World Turns," "Guiding Light," "One Life to Live," "Don't Ask" (Fox Pilot). Best known as "Jessica Sparsky" in the Mohegan Sun commercials. Favorite Roles: Normal (Polly) at the Transport Group, Go Go Beach (J.J.), The Gospel According to Tammy Faye (Tammy Faye Baker). Watch for Erin's new play Mother of Mine. When not performing or writing, you can find Erin with her two beautiful children, Mia and Mason. www.ErinLeighPeck.com