Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Launches North American Tour In Toronto
Green Day’s Tony nominated musical, American Idiot, launches its first national touring company Dec. 28 in Toronto at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
The musical, which is based on the Green Day album of the same name, held nearly 450 performances (including previews) at the St. James Theatre on Broadway. The show ended its run on the Great White Way this past April.
At the time of writing this article, the cast had not been announced.
American Idiot tells the story of three friends, Johnny, Will, and Tunny, as they try to find meaning in a post 9/11 world. One stays in the suburbs to raise a family, one goes off to war, and the other moves to the city and falls in love.
The show’s score contains all the tracks from the American Idiot album (released in 2004), some songs from 21st Century Breakdown, select b-sides, and a previously unreleased song called “When It’s Time.”
The music was composed by Green Day and the lyrics written by the band’s frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong. The book was penned by Armstrong and the show’s director Michael Mayer.
Mayer will also direct the American Idiot movie. The rights for the film were secured by Tom Hanks’ production company. He’ll produce the flick along with the three members of Green Day. Look for the movie to hit theaters sometime next year.
It was recently announced that Armstrong will be in the movie playing the role of St. Jimmy. The singer played the same character on Broadway.
Armstrong first played St. Jimmy for a week in the fall of 2010 and then returned to the cast during the following January and February. Also during that time, Melissa Etheridge played the character for a week.
Armstrong’s appearance drastically increased the sales of American Idiot tickets. Unfortunately for producers, the show failed to maintain any momentum after Armstrong’s departure and they were forced to announce a closing date. Still, Armstrong returned to portray St. Jimmy for the final three weeks of the musical’s run.
American Idiot has been called “the most adventurous new musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and “the first great musical of the 21st century.” High praise for a show that struggled to sell theatre tickets despite receiving a ton of publicity and being developed from an extremely popular source material.
Oddly enough, Green Day’s show ended its Broadway run about a month after the debut of The Book of Mormon. That musical eclipsed American Idiot in edginess, cool factor, creativity, and appeal to a younger audience.
American Idiot’s 2012 Itineary
>>Dec, 28 – Jan. 15 – American Idol in Toronto @ Toronto Centre for the Arts
>>Jan. 17-22 – American Idol in Detroit, MI @ Opera House
>>Jan. 24-29 – American Idiot in Boston, MA @ Boston Opera House
>>Jan. 31 – Feb. 5 – American Idiot in Raleigh, NC @ Progress Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
>>Feb. 22-26 – American Idiot in Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
>>March 6-11 – American Idiot in Denver, CO @ The Buell Theatre
>>March 13-28 – American Idiot in Los Angeles, CA @ Ahmanson Theatre
>>April 24-29 – American Idiot in Tempe, AZ @ Gammage Auditorium
>>May 1-2 – American Idiot in San Bernardino, CA @ California Theatre Of The Performing Arts
>>May 8-20 – American Idiot in Dallas, TX @ Winspear Opera House
>>May 29 – June 3 – American Idiot in Costa Mesa, CA @ Segerstrom Center For The Arts
>>June 6-10 – American Idiot in Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre