American Idiot to embark on national tour in 2016

London Cast L-R Raquel Jones (Extraordinary Girl), Amelia Lily (Whatsername), Natasha Karp (Alysha) & Robyn Mellor (Libby) - Green Day's American Idiot The Musical - Arts Theatre - Photo By Darren Bell (787)

Green Day’s explosive, Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, American Idiot, will now embark on a national tour from 19th March 2016, following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently on at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, until 22nd November 2015.

The American Idiot tour commences at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Chris Whybrow and musical supervision by Richard Morris.

Amelia Lily
Amelia Lily

Other confirmed venues for the American Idiot UK tour include the Palace Theatre, Manchester (5th – 9th April), New Theatre, Cardiff (19th – 23rd April), Kings Theatre, Portsmouth (26th – 30th April), New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (10th – 14th May), Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter (18th – 22nd May), Sunderland Empire, Sunderland (24th – 28th May) and King’s Theatre, Glasgow (31st May – 4th June), with further dates to be announced shortly.

Amelia Lily (runner-up in X-Factor) will be reprising her critically acclaimed role, Whatsername, from 5th April 2016 at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, with full casting to be confirmed in due course.  

Amelia Lily said: ‘I’m so excited to be a part of American Idiot on tour! It’s been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven’t had a chance to see it in London.’

The musical 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.

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award-winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a critically acclaimed Broadway run in April 2010.

Its 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.

Visit www.americanidiotthemusical.co.uk to find out more or to book tickets.

Images: Darren Bell

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