Toxic Avenger hits the stage at Manoa Valley TheatreUPDATED 7:05 PM HST Sep 12, 2013Video Transcript
West Side Story, Chicago, Sound of Music....all hit stage musicals that segued successfully to the big screen. On tonight's mixed plate Pamela Young discovers.... sometimes it works the other way around. Sound of Music this definitely was not. The 1985 film The Toxic Avenger had big gore, big hair, and big action. It also had an element not usually found in horror/sci fi movies of the era. It was hilarious. Sounds like a winning formula for a stage adaptation. Just like the poor sap who falls into a vat of toxic waste and becomes a superhero, Toxic Avenger keeps coming back bigger and badder. Film Director Lloyd Kaufman is in Honolulu to see the latest incarnation. " 2:38 IN 40 YEARS THIS IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CAREER. 2:53 WHAT BETTER PLACE FOR THE TOXIC AVENGER MUSICAL THAN RIGHT HERE AT MANOA VALLEY THEATRE IN THIS BEAUTIFUL CEMETERY. ns The musical's New York run 4 years ago garnered awards for Best Off-Broadway Musical. It's since toured internationally. Kaufman says the film's issues are even more relevant today than they were 28 years ago. 3:10 THERE'S 2 OVERRIDING THEMES: BULLYING.... 3:22 AND THE ENVIRONMENT. 8:43 THE MVT CAST IS NOT ONLY HONORED TO PERFORM FOR THE FILM'S DIRECTOR. IN KEEPING WITH THE GENRE, THEY'RE PETRIFIED. 12;24 I'M MORE EXCITED AND ANXIOUS AND HOPEFULLY I CAN GIVE HIM WHAT HE ENVISIONED AND EVEN MORE. 11:57 YOU'RE A LITTLE NERVOUS WHEN THE CREATOR OF A CHARACTER SHOWS UP. 11:30 I TOLD THE CAST AND THEY WERE EXCITED, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT I HOPE HE COMES AND ROCKS OUT WITH US. IT'S A COMPLETE ROCK SHOW. WHEN I LOOKED AT IT I SAW THE ROCK SHOWS OF MY YOUTH, THE 80'S BANDS AND I SAW A COMIC BOOK. But be forewarned, the show has adult themes and language. ns The Toxic Avenger is due for another resurrection. The film is scheduled to be remade next year as a big budget superhero blockbuster. At Manoa Valley Theatre, that's mp, I'm pamela young.