Green Day's American Idiot the musical ready to rock Adelaide!

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Sunday 1 October 2017

THE WAIT IS OVER!

GREEN DAY’S EXPLOSIVE, AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL

AMERICAN IDIOT ADELAIDE SEASON ANNOUNCED

“American Idiot…will electrify and overwhelm your senses” Time Out, New York  

★★★★★ “Enthralling, emotional and intense; a production to engage

an audience of any age, background, or musical preference.” Scenestr

“Phoebe Panaretos… the best rendition of ‘Letterbomb’ I’ve seen since Green Day played it at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in 2005.” Hysteria Magazine

The Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the high-octane rock musical, has just announced it is coming to Adelaide this January as part of a national tour in 2018.  Following critical and audience acclaim at its Australian premiere in Brisbane earlier this year, this multi-Helpmann Award® nominated show is now set to melt faces and hearts across the country.

The tour plays strictly limited seasons and kicks off at the Sydney Opera House from 11 January, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Her Majesty’s Theatre from 19 January, Crown Theatre Perth from 2 February, Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 23 February and returns to Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane from 13 April.

shake & stir theatre co’s Executive Producer, Nick Skubij is thrilled the show is taking to the road: “Green Day’s blisteringly hot, and surprisingly moving punk rock score aside, there are so many reasons why audiences, some first time theatre-goers, are going to love American Idiot. It is utterly contemporary, disarmingly relevant and features some of the country’s most loved rock and roll and music theatre performers.”

Returning to the rebellious and charismatic role of St. Jimmy is Grinspoon’s enigmatic front man, Phil Jamieson.  As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson's generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies were first etched into rock fans' DNA in 1995. Since then Grinspoon had six consecutive Top 10 debuts, and multi platinum album sales. An incredible 17 songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much loved Chemical Heart (#2 in 2002 and #63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time.) Grinspoon remained together for over 18 years and in total the band received 13 ARIA Award nominations. Earlier this year Grinspoon announced the celebration of 20 years since their first album Guide to Better Living and this saw them back on the road playing to adoring sold-out crowds across the country. 

Phil Jamieson says “Absolutely stoked to the eyeballs to be reprising the role of St Jimmy for American Idiot in 2018… So many great tunes, such a great time… I can’t wait to bring it to y’all around the country! It will no doubt be the BEST TIME OF LIFE…”

Internationally, the role of St Jimmy has been played rotationally by rock personalities including: Billie Joe Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson and word on the street is to keep your eyes peeled for more exciting Aussie cast announcements.

Skubij adds:  “One of the refreshing things about American Idiot is that while it is certainly Musical Theatre, it challenges the traditional rules in both form and execution and we have extended this to our casting. It is going to be wild.”

Phoebe Panaretos will reprise her unanimously-praised performance as Whatsername which earned her a 2017 Helpmann Award® nominee for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot features every song from Green Day’s iconic album American Idiot as well as several songs from their follow up release, 21st Century Breakdown.  This album not only defined Green Day as a band but also gave a voice to a generation waiting for the opportunity to let their hair down and embrace their youth and individuality.

Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Book and lyrics), American Idiot boldly took the American musical in a new direction, capturing not just the sound of a generation, but also the frustrations, fears, dreams and challenges of life in the media- saturated, post 9/11 era. 

It tells the story of three lifelong friends who are grappling with the decision to either challenge the status quo and break out of their aimless rut or to remain in the safe confines of their urban existence. Their quest for true meaning in a world full of violence and dissolution leads them on a journey of self-discovery, heartache and revelation.

Green Day’s explosive Broadway musical channels the grungy spirit of punk while also plucking at the heartstrings – discover what all the noise is about!

 

ORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION IMAGES AND VISION CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM LINK BELOW

https://luckystarmedia.egnyte.com/fl/qxr175gLyE

Website: americanidiotlive.com.au / www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au

Twitter: twitter.com/americanidiotau

Facebook: facebook.com/americanidiotau

Instagram: instagram.com/americanidiotlive

Green Day’s American Idiot

Music By                   Green Day

Lyrics By                    Billie Joe Armstrong

Book By                     Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer

Directed by:             Craig Ilott

Choreographer:      Lucas Newland

Music Directors:     Glenn Moorhouse and Nik Pringadi

Lighting Designer:  Matthew Marshall

Video Designers:    optical bloc

Set Designer:           Josh McIntosh

Costume Designer: Melaine Knight

Presented by:          shake & stir theatre co and QPAC

AMERICAN IDIOT NATIONAL TOUR DATES

americanidiotlive.com.au 

SYDNEY
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
From January 11 – January 14 2018
sydneyoperahouse.com or +61 2 9250 7777
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER 

ADELAIDE
Her Majesty’s Theatre
From January 19 – January 28 2018
bass.net.au or Ph: 131 246
TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

PERTH
Crown Theatre
From February 2 – February 11 2018
ticketmaster.com.au or Ph: 136 100
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER 

MELBOURNE
Comedy Theatre
From February 23 – March 11 2018
ticketmaster.com.au or Ph: 136 100

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

BRISBANE
Playhouse Theatre, QPAC
From April 13 – April 21 2018

qpac.com.au or Ph: 136 246

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER 

FOR ALL PUBLICITY ENQUIRIES:

NATIONAL AND MELBOURNE
Vicky Iliopoulos – vicky@luckystarmedia.com.au 0410 551 388
Sonja McGill – sonja@luckystarmedia.com.au 0407 351 651

SYDNEY
Shelley Watters  - swatters@sydneyoperahouse.com  - 02 9250 7286 / 0415 901 440

ADELAIDE
Francesca Belperio – francesca.belperio@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au - 08 8216 8699 / 0402 842 204

PERTH
Caitlin Irving – caitlin@peachandpineapple.com  - 0412 270 124

BRISBANE
Michaela Tynan – michaela.tynan@qpac.com.au  - 07 3840 7984 / 0478 406 459