The Tony Award winning and critically acclaimed rock musical ‘American Idiot’ sets the stage for its first UK and Ireland transfer after a highly successful run in Broadway which lasted for more than a year.
The tour will kick off in October 2012 touching base in Southhampton first, after which it will trek all across England including Ireland until it hits its final stop, which is the Hammersmith Apollo in London.
“We can’t wait for our friends across the pond to see the musical…We played to some of the most insane crowds when we toured the album there,” said Green Day lead vocalist and principal songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong, who co-penned the musical’s book and music along with Tony Award winning director Michael Meyer. The musical features some of Green Day’s most recent and Grammy Award winning singles such as the title track ‘American Idiot’, ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’, ’21 Guns’, and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ among others.
The musical earned more than a handful of acclaims immediately after its Broadway run such as Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design from the Tony Awards and Best Musical Show Album from the 2011 Grammy Awards. In addition, critics have been consistently raving about the musical’s relevance, substance and emotional rawness and power, with The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood writing it as “thrilling” and Mark Shenton of The Stage hailing it as “probably the most compelling new musical of the Broadway season.” With a commercially and critically successful Broadway run under its belt, producers are hoping the musical gets picked up for a West End staging, and its forthcoming jaunt will pave the way for that.