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National tour of Green Day’s “American Idiot” makes East Lansing premiere

EAST LANSING, MI – The national tour of the explosive Broadway hit “American Idiot,” will make its East Lansing premiere April 9  at the Cobb Great Hall in Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

Performances will be at 7:30 April 9-11. Student tickets are available for $25 for select performances.

 Tickets are available online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Box Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.

 Alex Nee (Johnny) in AMERICAN IDIOT (Photo by John Daughtry)

   “American Idiot,” a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and    2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).

The acclaimed creative team also includes choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch) and orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). The Tony Award®-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and the Tony Award®-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams will also be featured in the tour.

Winner of two Tony Awards®, “American Idiot” is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation, “American Idiot” has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre and its national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” he added.

The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

“American Idiot” premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive with Charles Isherwood of the New York Times calling the show “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and the Toronto Star naming it “the first great musical of the 21st century!”

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