Following on from its immensely successful opening in July and due to popular demand, the critically acclaimed production of Green Day’s explosive award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot is to extend its run at The Arts Theatre, Leicester Square and is now booking until 22nd November 2015.
The entire cast, including X-Factor’s Amelia Lily (Whatsername), Steve Rushton (Will) and Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) will all continue in their celebrated roles within the production throughout the new booking period. The rest of the cast includes 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) and Ross William Wild (Favorite Boy).
The producers of American Idiot said, “We have been overawed by the unbelievable response from audiences and are thrilled to be extending our stay at the Arts Theatre. We look forward to welcoming more members to join our Idiot Nation!”
I like it. It’s a challenging and bold musical. If you really aren’t quite sure if you’ll enjoy American Idiot, suspend your disbelief, give it a shot, and you may very well be pleasantly surprised. And if you’re a Green Day fan, please don’t go in expecting the Green Day equivalent of ‘Thriller Live’ – there’s a proper story to be told here. This show is not comparable to Rent and Hair: it stands on its own merits, and captures the true feelings of young adults in post-9/11 America perfectly. I still have ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ in my head…
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 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.”
The musical is produced by David Hutchinson and Philip Rowntree for Sell A Door Theatre Company and Stephen McGill Productions. The Associate Producers are Hartshorn – Hook Productions, London Contemporary Theatre, and Nathan Gardner/Danny Brooke.
American Idiot The Musical is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.
AMERICAN IDIOT – THE MUSICAL
Performances: Tuesday – Friday at 8.00pm
Saturday – 2.30pm & 8.00pm
Sunday – 3.00pm & 6.00pm
Running time: 90 minutes (no interval)
Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JB