The national tour of the explosive Broadway hit American Idiot, called “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” by The New York Times and “flat-out electrifying” by The Boston Globe, will make its Nashville premiere March 5-7 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall.
Tickets are on sale now at www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. Students may purchase tickets in the orchestra pit for only $25 while supply lasts, limited to four (4) per valid ID at the TPAC box office only.
American Idiot, a 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of 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 (“Spring Awakening”).
The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by 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.
Alex Nee stars as Johnny along with Trent Saunders as St. Jimmy, Nashville native Casey O’Farrell as Will, Thomas Hettrick as Tunny, Alyssa DiPalma as Whatsername, Jenna Rubaii as The Extraordinary Girl and Kennedy Caughell as Heather.
American Idiot also features Aurie Ceylon, Carson Higgins, Antwaun Holley, Daniel C. Jackson, Brandon Kalm, John Krause, Alison Morooney, Turner Rouse, Jr., Jamal Shuriah, Dustin Harris Smith, Ashley Tobias, Chelsea Turbin, and Jared Young.
Winner of two Tony Awards, the show is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, American Idiot has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.
“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” says Producer Tom Hulce. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.
“While Green Day fans of all ages will love this rock opera based on the band’s 2004 concept album, there is a lot here for fans and followers of the evolving world of Broadway and musical theatre,” says Kathleen O’Brien, TPAC president and chief executive officer. “The artful social commentary, the sensational staging, and high energy rock music make this untraditional Broadway smash the perfect fit for Music City.”
The musical features the hits “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 in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!” The current national touring company played a 10-week U.K. engagement from October – December 2012.
For more information on the show visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com.
*Photos by John Daughtry courtesy American Idiot the Musical.