Broadway’s “ American Idiot” announced the casting and schedule for its international tour. “American Idiot” is a musical adaptation of the Green Day concept album of the same name. The show premiered in September-November of 2009 at the Berkeley Repertory Theater and production opened on Broadway in April of 2010. On August 29, the international tour kicks off in North Charleston, SC on August 29 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.
The narrative of this punk rock musical was written by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. A Tony Award was bestowed on Mayer for his directing of Broadway’s “Spring Awakening.” Other members of the creative team are Steven Hoggett (choreographer), Tom Kitt (orchestrations, arrangements), Andrea Lauer (costume design), Brian Ronan (sound design), Darrel Maloney (video and projections) Jared Stein (music supervisor). Kitts is a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his score of “Next to Normal.” Hoggett won an Olivier Award for his work on “Black Watch.”
“American Idiot” follows the journey of three childhood friends who search for their identity and voice through the music of punk rock. The cast features Alex Nee (Johnny) Thomas Hettrick (Tunny), and Casey O-Farrell (Will). Some of the musical’s songs include “American Idiot,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
This production was nominated for three Tony Awards including best musical in 2010. “American Idiot” won two Tony Awards for scenic and lightning design. The show also garnered the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
Stops for the international tour of “American Idiot” include Bloomington, IN; Buffalo, NY; Louisville, KY; Cardiff, Wales; Dublin, Ireland; Glasgow; Scotland, and London, England. The tour returns to the U.S. in 2013 and will hit Pittsburgh, PA; Philadelphia, PA; and Nashville, TN, among others.
Director Michael Mayer told Paul Hodgins of The Orange County Register about the origin of the musical adaptation. He said, “I started to imagine what kind of story could (emanate) from these songs. I could see something about kids leaving the suburbs and going to the city, someone messing up and hitting rock bottom before coming back to himself again. It had some resonance for me; it started to feel like a dramatic story.”
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times has high praise for “American Idiot.” He wrote, “A pulsating portrait of wasted youth that invokes all the standard genre conventions — bring on the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, please! — only to transcend them through the power of its music and the artistry of its execution, the show is as invigorating and ultimately as moving as anything I’ve seen on Broadway this season. Or maybe for a few seasons past.”
Tickets for all tour stops, aside from Jacksonville, FL May 14-15, 2013 and Fort Myers, FL on May 16, 2013, are already available for purchase.
Visit the official website of “American Idiot the Musical” for more information and a full schedule of performances.