FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE
10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF
MULTI GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BAND
STARRING WATERLOO ROAD’S TOM MILNER AND
X FACTOR FINALISTS LUKE FRIEND & SAM LAVERY
★★★★ – The Times, The Independent, Daily Telegraph
“Go for the time of your life!” Evening Standard
Full casting has been announced for the special 10th anniversary tour of American Idiot – the ground breaking Tony award-winning rock musical with music by punk-pop and multi Grammy award-winning band Green Day. Leading the cast is: Waterloo Road’s Tom Milner as Johnny; 2013’s X Factor third place runner-up Luke Friend as St Jimmy; and 2016 X Factor finalist Sam Lavery as Whatsername.
The cast is completed by: Glenn Adamson (Theo); Laura Marie Benson (Lesley); Jennifer Caldwell (Swing); Joshua Dowen (Tunny); Raquel Jones (Extraordinary Girl); Daniel Law (Swing); Rory Maguire (Gerard); Shekinah McFarlane (Alysha); Siobhan O’Driscoll (Heather); Samuel Pope (Will); Alexandra Robinson (Libby); and Christian Tyler-Wood (Declan).
The tour opens on 17 January in Dunstable, with press night in Southampton on 24 January, before visiting Cardiff, Edinburgh, Malvern, Leicester, Blackpool, Dublin, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Reading, Bridlington, Wimbledon, Eastbourne, Glasgow, Bradford and Aberdeen.
Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show, which premiered in December 2009 at Berkeley Rep Theatre, 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.
This story of youthful disillusion and mistrust of society and government has never been more current; particularly with the modern parallels in the USA where school children have mobilised to form an impressive campaign for gun law reform.
The musical’s 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 directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, design by Sara Perks, sound by Chris Whybrow and lighting by Tim Deiling. The production is produced by Selladoor Worldwide and Piu and presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
Luke Friend’s credits include: X Factor (ITV); Cinderella (Princess Theatre, Torquay); Aladdin (Princess Theatre Torquay); and Sleeping Beauty (Princess Theatre, Torquay). Luke is thrilled to be making his professional theatre debut in American Idiot.
Sam Lavery’s credits include: X Factor (ITV) and Capital FM North East. She is delighted to be making her stage debut in American Idiot.
Tom Milner’s stage credits include: We’ll Live and Die in These Towns (Belgrade Theatre); Waterbabies (Curve Theatre, Leicester); Soho Cinders (Soho Theatre); Cinderella (Stockport Theatre); Dick Whittington (City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds); Jack and the Beanstalk (Charter Theatre, Preston); Cinderella (Charter Theatre, Preston); and Sleeping Beauty (Victoria Theatre, Halifax). Tom’s screen credits include: Waterloo Road (BBC) and The Voice UK (BBC).
Glenn Adamson’s stage credits include: Secret Love: The Doris Day Story (UK Tour); The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (Union Theatre); Where is Peter Rabbit (Old Laundry Theatre); Sleeping Beauty the Musical (UK Tour); Voices & Lyrics (Bolton Octagon); Departure Lounge (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Aladdin (Mercury Theatre); Expectations (Leeds Carriageworks Theatre); Rapunzel (Gordon Craig Theatre); Gingerbread (Liverpool Actors Studio); Dick Whittington (Mercury Theatre); Songs for a New World (Bridgewell Theatre); and Jason Robert Brown in Concert (Apollo Theatre).
Laura Marie Benson’s stage credits include: Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK & International Tour) and Summer Holiday (UK Tour).
Jennifer Caldwell’s stage credits include: Knights of the Rose (Arts Theatre); The Rhythm Method (The Landor); Million Dollar Quartet (UK Tour); Shrek the Musical (UK Tour); and Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales Theatre/Novello Theatre).
Joshua Dowen’s stage credits include: Footloose (UK Tour); All or Nothing (Vaults Festival/UK Tour); Tick…Tick…BOOM! (Old Joint Stock Theatre); Cinderella (Harlow Playhouse); Dogfight (Southwark Playhouse); Cool Rider ‘The Cult Musical Sequel in Concert’ (Nimax Theatres); and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (UK Tour).
Raquel Jones’s stage credits include: Hairspray (UK Tour); The Christmasaurus (Hammersmith Apollo); The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); American Idiot (Arts Theatre); Ghost (English Theatre, Frankfurt); Jesus Christ Superstar (World Arena Tour); Hair (Munich); Little Shop of Horrors (Birmingham Rep Theatre); Hairspray (Shaftesbury Theatre); and The Wiz (Greenwich Theatre).
Daniel Law’s stage credits include: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) and Aladdin (Harlequin Theatre, Redhill).
Rory Maguire’s stage credits include: Summer Holiday (UK Tour); Mamma Mia! (UK Tour); Peter Pan (Greenwich Theatre); George’s Marvellous Medicine (88 Brighton Rd, Brighton); Grease (RCP); Ushers (Arts Theatre); Aladdin (Brighton Emporium); Shrek! (UK Tour); and The Rockafellas (Internatonal Tour).
Shekinah McFarlane’s stage credits include: Hair (Hope Mill Theatre, The Vaults); Tommy (UK Tour); Parade (Hope Mill Theatre); The Lion King (UK & International Tour); Godspell in Concert (Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue); Suessical The Musical (Arts Theatre); and Rent (Tabard Theatre)..
Siobhan O’Driscoll has recently graduated with a First Class BA (hons) in Musical Theatre, and is excited to be making her professional debut in American Idiot.
Samuel Pope’s stage credits include: All or Nothing (Arts Theatre); A Christmas Carol (UK Tour); Meet Me in St Louis (The Landor Theatre); and The Theory of Relativity (The Actors Church).
Alexandra Robinson’s stage credits include: Aladdin (Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge); La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour); and Peter Pan (Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastborune).
Christian Tyler-Wood’s stage credits include: Jersey Boys (International Tour); Spring Awakening (Hope Mill Theatre); Myths & Legends (Bridlington Spa); Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs (Orchard Theatre, Dartford & New Theatre, Hull for QDOS); and Dogfight (Stage Door, Southampton).
Racky Plews (Director/Choreographer) was the resident director at Trafalgar Studios on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair and also the choreographer in residence at The Gatehouse where credits include: Guys and Dolls (Best Production nomination – thirteen Off West End nominations); The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Off West End Production nomination What’s On Stage); Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story; A Slice of Saturday Night; The Hot Mikado and Into The Woods. Her choreography credits include: the UK Premiere of the musical comedy Cougar (The Belgrade, Coventry); Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour); the Asian Premiere of Seussical (and director- The Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East); Guys and Dolls (director- Tring Park); Josephine Baker (The Beckett Theatre, New York); Liza Liza Liza by Richard Harris (Bill Kenwright Tour); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre); Momentous Musicals (New Wimbledon Theatre, ATG); Aladdin (Hastings, Qdos); Blockbuster (assistant/resident director, UK Tour); Shitfaced Sondheim (UK Premiere); A Dolls House (UK Tour); Seussical (The Arts Theatre); Wagner’s The Ring Cycle (and co-director- The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); West End Bares 2013 and 2014 (Jerry Mitchell/Darren Carnall); An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch (St. James Theatre, main space); The Jewish Legacy (UK Tour); Oedipus & Antigone (The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre); Lost Boy (Liverpool Playhouse); Billy Elliot’s West End Eurovision Entry 2013 and 2014 (Dominion Theatre); Denise Pearson – The Jackson’s World Tour (UK Arena Tour/Birmingham Pride/G.A.Y. London); Forever Plaid (UK & International Tour); Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand (UK Tour); the European Premiere of Bare – The Rock Musical (Best Choreography nomination Broadway World); Bernarda Alba; and Once Upon A Mattress (Best Choreography nomination Off West End Awards, The Union Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Kings Head Theatre); Assassins (The Landor); La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro (and director- Hampstead Garden Opera); Freshers (Edinburgh Festival – Best Musical Whats On Stage Award); Dangerous Daughters (Perfect Pitch); The Wild Party (Mountview); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (CPA); The 48hour Musicals – The Boy Friend (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Crazy For You; Me & My Girl (London Palladium); American Idiot (The Arts Theatre); Vanities (Trafalgar Studios); Footloose (Peacock Theatre & UK Tour); Shout! The Mod Musical (UK Tour); and Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour).
Billie Joe Armstrong, is frontman of the rock band Green Day. Green Day’s albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy, Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004’s landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album); 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012’s consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind the scenes DVD,¡Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, opened on Broadway in 2010. Throughout its run, he made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary, Broadway Idiot, chronicles his road to the Great White Way. Armstrong also composed the music for These Paper Bullets staged last year at the Yale Repertory Theatre. His other film and TV credits include This is 40, Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming feature film, Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Green Day – Vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, Bassist Mike Dirnt, and Drummer Tré Cool – were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album), and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. In 2009, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown, which won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album. It spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” which was the first song ever to top Billboard’s Rock, Alternative, and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously, and the doubleplatinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist. Later that year, Green Day collaborated with Tony Award winning director of Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer, for the stage musical of American Idiot. The play bowed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and set attendance records during its limited engagement. The play went on to Broadway and ran for a year at the St. James Theatre and won two Tony Awards Green Day’s highly anticipated album trilogy kicked off with the release of Green Day ¡Uno!, (September 25, 2012) followed by Green Day ¡Dos! (November 13th), and Green Day ¡Tré! (December 11th). The band recently completed the Soundwave Festival in Australia. For more info visit www.greenday.com.
Selladoor Worldwide began its life in 2009 as Sell a Door Theatre Company and has gone on to develop rapidly under co-founders David Hutchinson (Executive Creative Producer) and Phillip Rowntree (Executive Commercial Producer). The company has become an integral part of the regional theatre landscape in the UK and Ireland, and increasingly on an international platform, establishing itself as a leading producer of mid and large-scale touring theatre.
From the very outset, the company’s aim has been to make accessible work for our audiences, and their experience is at the heart of the company’s work and artistic planning. Principally aimed at engaging young and adult audiences and first time attendees, our objective is to continue to encourage the next generation of theatregoers. Our education programmes and online presence aim to provide the fullest experience of our productions possible.
Our origins lie in re-imagined classics and new commissions, which we continue to champion to this day. We are able to create a varied and distinctive programme; large-scale commercial touring is complimented by the company’s not-for-profit routes and ongoing investment and development of new work. As a company operating across a range of scales we continue to deliver and invest in our patron base on a regional land international basis, as well as our product.
In 2017, Selladoor Worldwide produced 9 productions, with over 900 performances, across 8 countries, in over 50 venues, reaching over 400,000 audiences with The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat (Coventry, Belgrade Theatre), The Crucible (UK Tour), Guess How Much I Love You (UAE & Asia Tour, and Greenwich Theatre & Arts Theatre, London), Footloose The Musical (2nd UK Tour), Flashdance The Musical (UK Tour), Spamalot (UK Tour), and Footloose (2nd UK Tour), and Peter Pan A Musical Adventure (Blackpool, Winter Gardens). 2017 also saw the launch of Selladoor Worldwide’s first International Tours, producing the multi-award musicals Jersey Boys and The Producers, along with our first production in the United States, bringing the popular children’s tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to New York City.
2018 brings another exhilarating year for Selladoor. In January, we were thrilled to be producing the John Steinbeck classic Of Mice and Men in association with the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. February brought our collaboration with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Les Theatre De La Villa De Luxembourg for a limited run of Diane Samuel’s Kindertransport marking 25 years since its debut at the Cockpit Theatre in London. Flashdance and Spamalot go from strength to strength as they continue their tours into 2018 visiting iconic venues such as the Manchester Palace Theatre, Brighton Theatre Royal, Zurich MAAG and the Dubai Opera House. In the summer, our production schedule really heats up as we journey to the island of Madagascar alongside Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo in Madagascar A Musical Adventure! which tours the UK from the July 21st. We’ll also be lighting the sky like a flame with the Fame 30th Anniversary UK tour opening at the Manchester Palace on the 20th July. We finish off the year in the merry old land of Oz as we return to the bright lights of Blackpool at Christmas with family favourite The Wizard of Oz. With our 2019 rostra already starting to take shape, we are thrilled with the variety of work in production, and remain committed to creating daring, diverse and dynamic productions that are accessible to all.
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Piu Entertainment is an international full service event company based in Istanbul & London. Since its foundation in 2012, the company has presented a range of outstanding live entertainment experiences of concerts, musicals, family shows and special events. Some of them are; Placido Domingo, Andre Rieu, Lara Fabian, Il Divo, 2Cellos, Goran Bregovic etc.
Piu Entertainment is also among the producers of Banksy’s ‘The Story Behind: Banksy – Global Art Show’. The company is giving artist & show booking service for corporates, venues & festivals that are located in Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Middle East and Asia as well.
According to its expansion strategy, Piu created a joint venture with Selladoor Worldwide, one of the most successful producers of musical theatre industry in UK, to produce live entertainment in the UK, Europe and Far East.
AMERICAN IDIOT – THE MUSICAL
17 JANUARY – 01 JUNE 2019
RUNNING TIME: 1hr 40min plus interval
FACEBOOK: American Idiot UK
RECOMMENDED AGE: Contains strong language and drug references – Ages 14+
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