Green Day's American Idiot extends to 22 Nov 2015
The show opened on 22 July 2015, following previews from 17 July, to positive reviews from the popular press: "Pulses with raw energy and rage in a manner that very few shows can muster" (Standard), "Its wit and warmth it is likely to win over traditional theatregoers" (Telegraph), "The appealingly driven raucousness of Green Day's music and its patches of angst-y sensitivity are powerfully served by the vibrant company and instrumentalists" (Independent).
The cast includes X-Factor finalist Amelia Lily (as Whatshername), 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.