'American Idiot' to make L.A. debut at Ahmanson Theatre in March 2012
The Broadway rock musical "American Idiot" -- which features hit
songs by the punk band Green Day -- will be making its Los Angeles
debut at the Ahmanson Theatre in March 2012. Organizers said the
national tour will touch down at the Ahmanson from March 14 through
April 22, 2012, with the official opening set for March 16.
"American Idiot" tells the story of three friends contending with
war, religion, and other cataclysmic events. The musical had its world
premiere in September 2009 at Berkeley Repertory and opened the
following April at the St. James Theatre in New York, where it is still
Directed by Michael Mayer, the show uses songs from the Green Day
albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown" and features a
book by Mayer and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The Broadway
production received a Tony nomination for best musical, and won Tonys
in the categories of scenic and lighting design.
Mayer previously directed the musical "Spring Awakening," which ran at the Ahmanson in 2008.
No casting information has been announced for
the national tour, which kicks off in the fall, but producers are
holding open casting calls for all roles in L.A., Chicago, Toronto and
Boston. (The L.A. audition will take place Saturday at the Debbie
Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood.)
Tom Hulce, the "Amadeus" actor who serves as a producer on "American
Idiot," said in a phone interview from New York that the open
auditions are a reflection of the show's punk-music roots. "It is as
connected to contemporary pop music as it is to Broadway," he said.
"We are extremely interested in anyone who would like to come to us
from the rock, pop and punk end of it."
Hulce said that it's too early to say how much of the national tour
will be cast from the open calls, but he added that Armstrong will be
involved with the final casting decisions. "We're excited to see what
we find. It will be a fairly national and involved process," said
In addition to the national tour, producers are have conversations
about foreign territories as well, though nothing has been finalized.
"American Idiot" will be part of the Ahmanson's upcoming 2011-12 season, which also includes the new musical "Bring It On."