It's official, Toronto has gone Idiot-crazy! American Idiot, the smash-hit Broadway musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, launched its much-anticipated North American tour in Toronto last night. Starring Original Broadway Cast member Van Hughes as Johnny, and Canadians Jake Epstein and Scott J Campbell as Will and Tunny, the show literally blew the roof of The Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Many of the show's star studded creative team came to Toronto to celebrate the launch of the tour, including Director Michael Mayer, Music Supervisor Tom Kitt and Producer Tom Hulce. Lead producer Ira Pittelman was also on hand, as were Andrea Lauer, Brian Ronan, Darrel Maloney and Lorin Latarro. Sponsored by Toronto's 102.1 The Edge, there were many familiar Canadian music and theatre celebrities in the crowd to celebrate the show as well.
It was also a homecoming of sorts for the Canadian members of the National Tour, returning to a Toronto stage after spending the last few months in New York City rehearsing. Jake Epstein, Scott J Campbell, Gabriel Antonacci and Talia Aaron were welcomed with a warm reception by an audience full of proud Canucks thrilled to see these hometown boys (and girl) getting to launch what will be a primarily American tour. It was thrilling and exciting to see the response these four actors received, and the accolades they were given were well deserved.
BWW is delighted to bring its readers all things Idiot, including coverage of the opening night performance, interviews with cast and crew and after-party pictures. See below for pictures of the cast and creative team at both the afternoon press event and the after-party. The show runs at The Toronto Centre for the Arts until January 15th before heading off to Detroit, MI in the New Year.
When and Where?
Dancap presents Green Day's American Idiot
December 28th-January 15th 2012
The Toronto Centre for the Arts
Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by phone at (416) 644-3665 or online at www.dancaptickets.com
For more information on American Idiot, please visit the official website at www.americanidiotthemusical.com
All Photos by Racheal McCaig Photography