FREE Toxic Avenger in Piedmont Park!
June 6th, 2016
Critics and audiences couldn’t get enough of The Toxic Avenger, and so we’re bringing it back! Horizon’s musical comedy sensation The Toxic Avenger will be outside in the ATL this summer when it hits Piedmont Park, June 9th through the 12th– and thousands of FREE tickets will be available to the public beginning May 12. Get ready to experience an Atlanta hit in the center of our city!
Last summer, Horizon’s sold-out musical Avenue Q was a rollicking fun party in the Park, playing to thousands who came to picnic, play and watch fantastic professional musical theatre in Piedmont Park. “Avenue Q was so amazing and special last summer – audiences of all ages and types came together for a truly unique Atlanta experience. There is just nothing else like it – live performance under the stars. And it’s free!” says Lisa Adler, Horizon’s Co-Artistic/Producing Director. “The Toxic Avenger was another runaway hit for Horizon in our Little Five Points home this past winter. It’s just so much fun – upbeat, smart and silly at the same time with a hugely energetic and talented cast, fantastic rock music and a live band. Everyone leaves smiling every night, so it is the perfect show to bring together Atlantans in the heart of our city under the sky and treetops this summer.”
Full of off-beat humor and an amazing score, The Toxic Avenger is the Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and is guaranteed to have the audience laughing on the green. “Infectious fun to watch….Just enjoy,” raved the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ArtsATL noted it was, “most fun to be had in local theatre,” and Atlanta InTown promised, “you’ll have tons of fun.” It’s a laugh-out-loud rock musical with an unlikely hero, the mild-mannered scientist, Melvin Ferd the Third, whose crusade to stop the corrupt mayor gets him dumped in toxic waste. From the smoke emerges our green, gooey superhero with mega-strength – The Toxic Avenger, or Toxie for short. He’s here to save his home town from toxic waste, win the love of the beautiful blind librarian, stop global warming and bring a brand new day of clean air and harmony to New Jersey and the world. This tour de force for five powerhouse actor/singers playing over 30 roles keeps the action spinning as the music rocks the park.
Thanks to a major grant from The Charles Loridans Foundation, a supporting grant from the Mark and Evelyn Trammell Foundation and a partnership with the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Horizon continues for the second year the tradition begun by Georgia Shakespeare of bringing free professional theatre to Piedmont Park this summer, giving new audiences a chance to experience Horizon. “Our mission is to connect people, inspire hope and promote positive change through the stories of our times – and this gives us the chance to do that on a larger scale and with great joy.” said Adler. “There has been a huge influx of new residents intown, and this is the perfect show to introduce them to the amazing work they will find at Horizon and our other professional Atlanta theatres and the talented theatre artists who are thriving here.”
Park performances will be Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 9-12 at 7:30 PM, and audiences will provide their own blanket or low beach chair. Grounds open for picnicking at 6 PM. Free and $15 Reserved Seating Section Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY beginning May 12. General admission tickets will be available for free for each performance, but must be reserved online in advance. Reserved Seating section tickets are $15 (plus tax and small service charge) and get you in the reserved seating area up close to the stage. Arrive at your leisure and walk past the crowds to come right down front. Limited Table Seating Tickets close to the stage are $35. Tickets are available online only at www.horizontheatre.com. Audiences will bring their print-at-home or mobile tickets and will need to bring their own low chairs (30” back height maximum, 6” seat height maximum) or blankets for seating. Anyone bringing a taller chair will be directed to the rear to allow good sightlines for all. Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought in for picnics – although no glass is allowed. No firearms allowed. Food trucks will provide dinner options for purchase and wine, beer, water and soft drinks will be available for sale onsite. The stage is in the Promenade green space at the North end of the Park, conveniently located near the Park/Botanical Gardens Sage parking garage and The Prado entrance to the Park.