American Idiot to Receive U.K. Premiere in Tour, Including London Season at Hammersmith Apollo

News   American Idiot to Receive U.K. Premiere in Tour, Including London Season at Hammersmith Apollo
 
The Broadway stage version of Green Day's American Idiot  will receive its U.K. premiere, launching a tour in October 2012 that will begin at Southampton, before going on to Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester and Birmingham before culminating in a run at London's HMV Hammersmith Apollo.

The production will begin performances at Southampton's Mayflower Theatre Oct. 9; the London dates are Dec. 3-8. The production will feature the cast of the American tour.

In a press statement, Green Day's frontman Billie Joe Armstrong commented, "We're excited to be bringing the US stage production of American Idiot to the UK and Ireland. We played to some of the most insane crowds when we toured the album there, and we can't wait for our friends across the pond to see the play."

American Idiot features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Mayer, whose work has previously been seen in the West End in transfers for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Spring Awakening. Songs featured in the score include "Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track “American Idiot." There is also an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.” 

The production also includes choreography by Steven Hoggett, music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt, scenic design by Christine Jones and lighting design by Kevin Adams. The UK tour is produced by SJM Concerts and Flying Entertainment.

The stage version of American Idiot originally premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, before opening on Broadway in April 2010, where it ran for over a year. For more details and to book tickets, on sale from Dec. 9, visit www.americanidiotthemusical.co.uk.

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