TOXIC AVENGER AUTHORS BRING HOME 4 TONY AWARDS INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL FOR MEMPHIS!
LLOYD KAUFMAN - Creator of the Toxic Avenger
JOE DIPIETRO - Book & Lyrics
Joe’s current Broadway hit Memphis won the Tony Award for Best Musical and two additional Tony Awards (Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with David Bryan). For more information go to www.memphisthemusical.com.
Joe was born and raised off Exit 166 in New Jersey and thus has been a Toxic Avenger fan for the last twenty years. Joe wrote the book & lyrics to “I LoveYou, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, the longest running musical revue in New York history which has had hundreds of productions across the country and around the world. He also wrote the book and lyrics to the Broadway musical All Shook Up, and the award-winning musical, “The Thing About Men,” which has played internationally.
His plays include the Edgar Award-winning mystery, “The Art of Murder,” as well as the long-running hit comedy “Over the River and through the Woods,” which has had over a hundred productions around the world and is currently being developed into a feature film. He lives in Manhattan and Connecticut, but his heart will always be in New Jersey.
DAVID BRYAN - Music & Lyrics
Keyboard Player and Founding Member, Bon Jovi (Currently on Bon Jovi’s CIRCLE TOUR www.bonjovi.com/tour). Singer/Songwriter Composer, Lyricist and Programmer.
David Bryan lives near Exit 109 off the Garden State Parkway. He was conceived, born and raised in New Jersey. As a young man, he saw The Toxic Avenger at a midnight showing in Newark, and from that day on, he dreamed of writing a musical about the first mutant superhero from his home state. This show is a fulfillment of that dream.
David has accomplished some other stuff, too. He is the keyboard player, songwriter and a founding member of Bon Jovi one of the most successful bands in music history. They’ve sold over 130 million records worldwide, performed more than 2,600 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans, and were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. They’ve survived and thrived the rock and roll years, the grunge years, the rap years and everything in between. On the band’s award-winning CD “Have A Nice Day”, David and Jon wrote the song Last Cigarette.
David has also written and released a solo record, Lunar Eclipse (Rounder/Universal) an instrumental collection with a single vocal bonus track highlighting all of the aspects of his training and influences blues, classical, jazz and of course, rock & roll.
In his time off from recording and touring with Jon, Richie and Tico, David began a career as a composer and lyricist of musicals. The song, Memphis Lives In Me, which he performs on Bon Jovi’s recent box set, is actually from his musical, MEMPHIS which recently won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical. David also won a Tony for Best Orchestrations (with Daryl Waters) and Best Original Score (Music and Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (with Joe DiPietro).
In addition to his musical theatre compositions and writing with bandmates Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, with whom he co-wrote the band’s hit, “In These Arms,” David continues to write with and for other artists. The most successful cover of a Bryan song may be Curtis Steiger’s rendition of “This Time,” which was a major International hit for him.
David has also dedicated his time to become a National Spokesperson for VH1’s Save The Music Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of music education in America’s schools. For more on David, visit www.DavidBryan.com.
Kelly Devine (Choreography) Broadway: Rock of Ages, Memphis (Assoc. Choreographer), Jersey Boys (Assoc. Choreographer). Off-Broadway: Frankenstein, Ann E. Wrecksick. La Jolla Playhouse: Peter and the Starcatchers, Doctor Zhivago, Private Fittings, The Wiz (Assoc. Choreographer). Regional: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Sneaux!..
Beowulf Boritt (Set Design) Broadway: The Scottsboro Boys (2011 Tony® Nominee Best Scenic Design of a Musical), Sondheim on Sondheim, Rock of Ages, Lovemusik (Drama Desk Nominee Outstanding Set Design of a Musical), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Original Set Designer for The Toxic Avenger.
David C. Woolard (Costume Design) Broadway: West Side Story, Invention, All Shook Up, The Rocky Horror Show (Tony® Nominee Best Costume Design), The Who’s Tommy (Tony® Nominee Best Costume Design). OffBroadway: The Orphans' Home Cycle (Drama Desk Award Special Award). Original Costume Designer for The Toxic Avenger.
Jason Lyons (Lighting Design) Broadway: Rock of Ages, The Three Penny Opera, Barefoot in the Park, Good Vibrations. Off Broadway: Clay (Drama Desk Nominee Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical, Henry Hewes Design Nominee Lighting Design), Mourning Becomes Electra (Lucille Lortel Nominee Outstanding Lighting Design).
Robert Kaplowitz (Sound Design) Broadway: Fela! (2010 Tony Winner Best Sound Design of a Musical), Golda's Balcony, The Crucible, An Almost Holy Picture. Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Sound Design.
Louis Zakarian (Mask Design & Prosthetics) Broadway: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,Lestat, Little Shop of Horrors, Dance of the Vampires, Lion King. Over 20 years in film, stage, television. Emmy-winning head make-up designer for “Saturday Night Live”.
Fusion Special Effects (SFX & Fight Choreography) Over 47 years of combined talents and experiences of co-founders Waldo Warshaw, a Special Effects Designer & Choreographer, and Brian Schuley, an Effects, Stunt and Safety Coordinator.
Mark Adam Rampemeyer (Hair & Makeup Design) Broadway: West Side Story. Off Broadway: The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout Theatre Company), Chasing Manet (Primary Stages), The Orphan’s Home Cycle Part I, II, III (Signature Theatre). Original Hair & Makeup Designer for The Toxic Avenger.
Doug Katsaros (Musical Director) has recorded with Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, Gloria Estefan, Sinéad O'Connor, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Marlo Thomas (Grammy), Donny Osmond, Elton John, Todd Rundgren and others. He’s written for Ringling Brothers, Macy's 4th of July and Thanksgiving celebrations, and has conducted the Boston Pops. He’s composed several film and TV scores and his New York credits include Footloose (Conductor), Rocky Horror (Orchestrator), The Life (arranger) Laughing Room Only (Composer), Hair (Star), A...Alice (Composer), Altar Boyz (Orchestrator) and Just So (Composer). He lives with composer Elise Morris, his teenage daughters, and yes, he’s the guy who wrote "By Mennen!" www.themusicofyourdreams.com
Jean Cheever (Producer) was previously represented on Broadway as a producer of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nominated Best Musical) and All Shook Up. She is also a producer of “Last Call”, a musical documentary film by Broadway director Christopher Ashley and served as a juror for the 2006 Avignon Film Festival. Jean is founding member of the Directors Circle at the University of Texas Department of Theatre and Dance and serves on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council.
Tom Polum (Producer) was a co-producer of the first national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. In addition to the slate of “huge fun” musicals (see above!), Jean and Tom are developing several films and plays. They own and manage Broadway Live Island, a popular online destination for theatre lovers worldwide, in the virtual Internet world called Second Life. Tom also works as a director, a writer (Heloise and Abelard, Finding Frida Kahlo) and can be heard on the cast recording of Phantom (Kopit/Yeston). Although not from New Jersey, he adamantly supports the motto: Jersey rocks!
Lyrics for The Toxic Avenger cast album can be found: http://www.allmusicals.com/t/toxicavengerthe.htm