Tickets for 'American Idiot', the musical, on sale tomorrow.
Johnny, Extraordinary Girl, Whatsername and St. Jimmy - characters from neo-punk group Green Day's 2004 "American Idiot" album - officially become part of the American musical theatre landscape September 4 with the first preview of a new musical of the same name.
Produced by not-for-profit Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Green Day's Bay Area stomping ground, 'American Idiots' stars Tony Award-winning actor John Gallagher, Jr., who reunites with Michael Mayer, his Tony-winning director from 'Spring Awakening'. The project, co-conceived by Mayer and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, will play the Rep to November 1 (which represents a recently announced three-week extension, the tickets for which do not go on sale until September 9). Opening night is September 16 at the Rep's Roda Theatre.
Gallagher (who won a Best Featured Actor Tony for his work as Moritz in 'Spring Awakening' plays Johnny, leading an ensemble of 19 young performers that also features Matt Caplan as Tunny, Michael Esper as Will and Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy with Mary Faber as Heather, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername and Christina Sajous as Extraordinary Girl.
"We've been working with the cast on this show for the past several months," Armstrong said in an earlier statement, "so we've seen first-hand what amazing actors they are. We continue to be impressed with how they are handling and interpreting the material. Their talent has truly brought the album to life in a really incredible way."
"This wildly gifted company is investing every fiber of themselves in this material," Mayer, the 2007 Tony winner for Best Direction of a Musical, stated. "They're bringing depth and passion to their characters, and singing the shit out of the songs. Watching them inhabit the kinetic dynamism of Steven Hoggett's brilliant choreography takes my breath away. It's a rare honor to be blessed with such devoted and spectacularly imaginative performers."
Green Day won two Grammys - Best Rock Album and Record of the Year - for its multi-platinum "American Idiot," which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Watch the trailer for the 'American Idiot' musical below:
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