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The full cast has been announced for the West End premiere of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical Green Day's American Idiot, which will run at the Arts Theatre this Summer. Previews begin on 17 July 2015, before an official opening on 22 July and a limited engagement to 27 September 2015.
Previously announced X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily (as Whatshername) will be joined by Luke Baker (Theo), Natasha Barnes (Heather), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Raquel Jones (Extraordinary girl), Natasha Karp (Alysha), Robyn Mellor (Libby), Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), Steve Rushton (Will), Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) and Ross William Wild (Joshua).
Green Day's American Idiot features music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, and a book by Billie Joe Armstrong. The West End premiere will be directed and choreographed by Racky Plews.
Synopsis: "The story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Its hit songs include 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams,' '21 Guns,' 'Wake Me Up When September Ends,' 'Holiday' and the title track 'American Idiot' from Green Day's 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album."
The creative team features scenic design by Sara Perks, sound design by Chris Whybrow, and lighting design by Tim Deiling. The show is produced by David Hutchinson and Philip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company and Stephen McGill Productions, with Associate Producers Hartshorn – Hook Productions, London Contemporary Theatre, and Nathan Gardner/Danny Brooke.
Green Day's American Idiot originally premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, before moving to Broadway's St James Theatre in April 2010. It was nominated for Best Musical at the 2010 Tony Awards and won two Tonys - Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. It also picked up Best Musical Show at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In Autumn 2012, it embarked on a tour of the UK & Ireland, culminating at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London.