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    March 01, 2011

    '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
    playing.

    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
    Hulce.

    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."

    [Full article at LA Times]

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on March 01, 2011

'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
playing.

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
Hulce.

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."

[Full article at LA Times]