Van Hughes, the standby for the trio of broken buddy roles in Broadway's
American Idiot, will play Johnny — also known as Jesus of Suburbia — in
the national tour of the Green Day musical, producers announced on Oct. 26.
Conceived and directed by Michael Mayer, who co-wrote the book with Green Day
frontman/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong, the musical borrows songs from the
Grammy Award-winning rock album by Green Day to tell the story of three suburban
slackers (Johnny, Will and Tunny) who take separate paths in post-9/11
Following a tech process and soft launch Dec. 21-22 in Utica, NY, the tour
launches in Toronto with a Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012 engagement, followed by
14 U.S. markets.
Hughes (Broadway's 9 to 5 and Hairspray, Off-Broadway's
Saved) played Johnny at the conclusion of American Idiot's
Broadway run. The show closed April 24, 2011, following 422 performances. It was
nominated for a 2010 Tony Award for Best Musical, and won Tonys for Lighting
Design (Kevin Adams) and Scenic Design (Christine Jones).
The touring cast will also include Jake Epstein as Will, Scott J. Campbell as
Tunny, original Broadway cast member Leslie McDonel as Heather, Gabrielle
McClinton as Whatsername and Nicci Claspell as The Extraordinary Girl, with
ensemble members Talia Aaron, Krystina Alabado, Gabriel Antonacci, Larkin Bogan,
Matt DeAngelis, Dan Gleason, Kelvin Moon Loh, Tommy McDowell, Jillian Mueller,
Vince Oddo, Okieriete Onaodowan and Kaitlyn Terrill. Additional casting will be
American Idiot's music is by Green Day, with lyrics by Armstrong, who
stepped into the dark-force role of St. Jimmy for several scattered weeks of the
The Broadway cast album of American Idiot won the 2010 Grammy Award
winner for Best Musical Show Album.
Tony Award winner Mayer (Spring Awakening) has his hands full this
fall: He's also directing a revised revival of the musical On a Clear Day You
Can See Forever, starring Harry Connick Jr., on Broadway.
American Idiot is choreographed by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett
(Black Watch) with music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by
Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). The tour features
Tony-winning scenic design by Jones and Tony-winning lighting design by
The creative team also includes costume design by Andrea Lauer, sound design
by Brian Ronan, video and projections design by Darrel Maloney, music direction
by Jared Stein, associate choreography by Lorin Latarro and associate direction
by Johanna McKeon.
The musical features the hits "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Wake Me Up When
September Ends," "Holiday" and the title track from the 2004 "American Idiot"
album. As on Broadway, the score also includes several songs from Green Day's
Grammy Award-winning 2009 release "21st Century Breakdown," including "21 Guns"
and an unreleased love song, "When It's Time."
For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, visit
American Idiot 2011-2012 National Tour Dates
Utica, NY, Dec. 21-22, Stanley Theatre
Toronto, ON, Dec. 28,
2011-Jan. 15, 2012, Toronto Centre for the Arts
Detroit, MI, Jan.
17-22, 2012, Opera House
Boston, MA, Jan. 24-29, 2012, Opera
Raleigh, NC, Jan. 31-Feb. 5, 2012, Memorial
Chicago, IL, Feb. 7-19, 2012, Oriental
Minneapolis, MN, Feb. 21-26, 2012, Orpheum Theatre
College, PA, Feb. 28-29, 2012, Eisenhower Auditorium
MO, March 2-4, 2012, Peabody Opera House
Denver, CO, March 6-11,
2012, Buell Theatre
Los Angeles, CA, March 13-22, 2012, Ahmanson
Tempe, AZ, April 24-29, 2012, ASU Gammage
TX, May 8-20, 2012, AT&T PAC
Costa Mesa, CA, May 29-June 3,
2012, Segerstrom Center
Seattle, WA, May 5-June 10, 2012, Paramount
San Francisco, CA, June 12-July 8, 2012, Orpheum Theatre
Full article at Playbill: HERE