The U.S cast have been announced for the UK premiere of Green Day’s acclaimed award-winning Broadway rock musical, American Idiot, which comes to Wales Millennium Centre between 15 and 20 October during its national tour.
The story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world, American Idiot stars Alex Nee as Johnny; Thomas Hettrick as Tunny; Casey O’Farrell as Will; Alyssa DiPalma as Whatsername; Jenna Rubaii as The Extraordinary Girl; Kennedy Caughell as Heather and Trent Saunders as St. Jimmy.
American Idiot features the music of American rock band Green Day, with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer. Its hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
The creative team includes choreography by British Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.
Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive and it ran for over a year.
Conrad Lynch, Artistic Director at Wales Millennium Centre said: “It’s fantastic to be part of the first ever UK tour of American Idiot after its huge success on Broadway. We look forward to welcoming the cast of this exhilarating show to the Centre in October”.
The UK tour is produced by SJM Concerts and Flying Entertainment by arrangement with Work Light Productions Full UK tour dates & booking info attached. For more information on the showvisit: www.americanidiotthemusical-ukandireland.co.uk