American Idiot Is the Recipient of Actors' Equity's Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award

News   American Idiot Is the Recipient of Actors' Equity's Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award
 
Actors' Equity Association announced June 10 that the Tony-nominated musical American Idiot is the recipient of its Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award for the 2009-2010 season.

Rebecca Naomi Jones and American Idiot cast
Rebecca Naomi Jones and American Idiot cast Photo by Paul Kolnik

The Diversity Award will be presented at a reception at Equity headquarters in New York City on June 15.

The Award, presented by Equity's Eastern Region Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, "honors and encourages those who actively promote the goals of diversity, inclusion and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre," according to press notes.

The new musical follows the journey of a new generation of young Americans as they strive to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. The cast features Tony winner John Gallagher Jr., Starks Sands, Michael Esper, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous, Mary Faber and Tony Vincent. The cast also includes Declan Bennett, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Brian Charles Johnson, Joshua Kobak, Lorin Latarro, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Leslie McDonel, Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umpress, Aspen Vincent, Sean Wing and Libby Winters.

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is lyricist and co-book writer for Idiot, and Michael Mayer directed and co-wrote the book.

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Actors' Equity Association represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide.

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