Green Day Musical AMERICAN IDIOT to tour the UK in 2016
Green Day’s explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will now embark on a national tour from 19 March 2016, following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square until 22 November 2015.
American Idiot will begin it’s UK tour from 19 March 2016, commencing at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Chris Whybrow and musical supervision by Richard Morris.
Other confirmed venues for the American Idiot UK tour include the Palace Theatre, Manchester (5-9 April), New Theatre, Cardiff (19-23 April), Kings Theatre, Portsmouth (26-30 April), New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (10-14 May), Exeter Northcott Theatre (18-22 May), Sunderland Empire (24-28 May) and King’s Theatre, Glasgow (31 May – 4 June) with further dates announced shortly.
Amelia Lily (X-Factor) will be reprising her critically acclaimed role, Whatsername, from 5 April at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, with full casting to be confirmed in due course.
Amelia Lily said “I’m so excited to be a part of American Idiot on tour! It’s been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven’t had a chance to see it in London!”
The musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The production is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.
American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a critically acclaimed Broadway run in April 2010.
Its hit songs include “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 are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
American Idiot The Musical is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
Amelia Lily (Whatsername) is a singer who finished third on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Her debut single, “You Bring Me Joy”, was released in 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, while her follow-up singles “Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)” and “Party Over” (both 2013) reached the top 20 and the top 40 respectively. Amelia made her West End debut, earlier this year, in American Idiot the musical and previously starred as the Narrator in the UK tour of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Photo: Tristram Kenton