Cast for Green Day's "American Idiot" Musical Announced

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JACKSONVILLE, FL – Casting has been announced for the upcoming national tour of Green Day’s American Idiot, the explosive Broadway hit called “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” by The New York Times and “flat-out electrifying” by the Boston Globe, which will make its Jacksonville premiere at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater on Tuesday-Wednesday, May 14th -15th for two performances only! Join us after the jump for details!








Alex Nee will star as Johnny along with Trent Saunders as St. Jimmy, Casey O’Farrell as Will, Thomas Hettrick as Tunny, Alyssa DiPalma as Whatsername, Jenna Rubaii as The Extraordinary Girl and Kennedy Caughell as Heather.  American Idiot will also feature Aurie Ceylon, Carson Higgins, Antwaun Holley, Daniel C. Jackson, Brandon Kalm, John Krause, Alison Morooney, Turner Rouse, Jr., Jamal Shuriah, Dustin Harris Smith, Ashley Tobias, Chelsea Turbin, and Jared Young.
 
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”).
 
Tickets for American Idiot in Jacksonville start at $27.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.  AMERICAN IDIOT contains adult content and strong language.
 
“I am thrilled that we get to continue sharing American Idiot with audiences across North America,” said director Michael Mayer.  “The creative team and I couldn’t be happier with the stellar group of actors we’ve assembled.  All of them are talented new additions to the American Idiot family.”
 
The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”) with orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”). The tour features Tony Award-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and Tony Award-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.  The acclaimed creative team also includes costume design by Andrea Lauer, sound design by Brian Ronan, video and projections design by Darrel Maloney, music supervision by Jared Stein, associate choreography by Lorin Latarro and associate direction by Johanna McKeon.
 
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 (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.
 
The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “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” including “21 Guns” 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!” The current national touring company played a 10-week U.K. engagement from October – December 2012.


 

For more information on American Idiot, visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com.
 
Cast Biographies!

ALEX NEE (Johnny) is a Bay Area native and a senior (on leave) at Northwestern University. Recent credits include Spring Awakening (Melchior), Rent (Roger) and The Who’s Tommy (Hawker). He’s thrilled to join such an amazing team for his first tour. Love and thanks to his family, friends and all of the Idiots.
 
TRENT SAUNDERS (St. Jimmy) could not be more excited to be a part of this incredible production. He just graduated with a BM from UMiami. Thanks to the entire team and cast. Love to the family and all of you guys! Rock on!
 
THOMAS HETTRICK (Tunny) is proud to be a part of this tour. He recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Acting. He is a member of Less Than Rent Theatre Company as well as the Lust & Liberty Theatre Company. He would like to thank his mother, step-father, sister and girlfriend for their love and support.
 
CASEY O’FARRELL (Will) is super psyched to join the Idiot family! Casey has been seen rockin’ it from the stage in Rent (Roger), Footloose (Ren), Chicago (Fogarty) and more, to the Sunset Strip
with Side/Winders! So much love to my family, Halie and sidewindersmusic.com! Follow @caseybrough, RAGE and LOVE!
 
ALYSSA DiPALMA (Whatsername) is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She was seen in productions in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival such has Realm of the Unreal (Daily) and Dog Sees God (Van’s Sister). Endless love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Quigleys and Rachel!
 
JENNA RUBAII (The Extraordinary Girl) is a recent graduate of the University of Miami with a BM in musical theatre and could not be more ecstatic to rock out with the IDIOT team. Special thanks to the creative team, JV, Cynthia, Joy and family and friends for their support. For my rock star, LW. www.jennarubaii.com
 
KENNEDY CAUGHELL (Heather) is thrilled to be joining the Idiot family! She has just come from creating the role of Olive in Sidekicks! (NYMF). Regional: Guys and Dolls (New London Barn Playhouse) and Into the Woods (CPCC). BFA Elon. Thanks to God, Mom, Dad, Caitlyn, the K’s and DGRW for being in my corner!
 
AURIE CEYLON (Ensemble; u/s Whatsername, The Extraordinary Girl) could not be more pumped to rock out with the cast of American Idiot! Rage and Love to Jim Carnahan Casting, the American Idiot fam and the amazing rock stars that share the stage. Many thanks and eternal love to her family. Howard University: BFA-Acting. Selah.
 
CARSON HIGGINS (Ensemble; u/s Will, St, Jimmy) is thrilled to be a part of this cast of IDIOT! He is a native Californian and graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Los Angeles. Carson was featured on season 10 of American Idol and just finished shooting Without Ward. He thanks his parents and his hometown of Malibu for their love and support.
 
ANTWAUN HOLLEY (Swing) is ardently impassioned about his touring debut in American Idiot. Favorite credits: Youth in Passing Strange, Seaweed in Hairspray and Angel/Benny in Rent. Training: Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. S/o to Carnahan Casting, my girls at CESD and my amazing father, family and friends! www.antwaunholley.com #dreamscometrue
 
DANIEL C. JACKSON (Ensemble; u/s St. Jimmy). A native of Birmingham, AL, Daniel is amped to be part of this punktastic show. Fav Roles: Enjolras (Les Mis), Buddy (Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story), Troy Bolton (HSM 1 and 2). Thanks to Dave at Shirley Grant. Love to family, and AG. Proud to be an IDIOT. @danielcjackson
 
BRANDON KALM (Ensemble; u/s Johnny) is so excited to be making his first professional debut in American Idiot! Musical Theater junior at Pace University. Plano, Texas native. Love and appreciation to Carnahan, Amy, his family and mother Karen for always believing in him! Love my Pace MT family! With drive and passion anything is possible!
 
JOHN KRAUSE (Ensemble; u/s Johnny, Will, Tunny) could not be more thrilled to be an IDIOT! He would like to thank Carnahan Casting for this amazing opportunity, his family and friends for their unending love and support, and Jim and Joan for being his #1 fan. This performance is dedicated to Boco 2012. Much love!
 
ALISON MOROONEY (Swing; u/s Heather) is thrilled to make her post-PSU debut on the American Idiot tour!  She graduated in 2012 from Penn State. Some favorite roles include Mimi in Rent and Wendy in Peter Pan. Thanks to everyone on the tour, to her family and friends for all of their love.
 
TURNER ROUSE, JR. (Swing) is thrilled to be making his professional debut. Graduate of the BFA Music Theatre Class of 2012 from Elon University. Elon: Children of Eden (Abel), It’s Only Life with John Bucchino, Hair (General MacNamara). Turner is also a photographer and songwriter/composer under the alias Logical Confusion. www.soundcloud.com/logical-confusion
JAMAL SHURIAH (Ensemble) graduated from the Hartt School with a BFA in Musical Theatre. His most recent accomplishments have circulated around Disney Cruise Lines playing roles such as Simba in Golden Mickeys and Jaq in Twice Charmed. He is very excited to be a part of this amazing production and thanks his family and friends for their love and support!
 
DUSTIN HARRIS SMITH (Ensemble; u/s Tunny). Int’l: Urintown, Bobby (Edinburgh, Scotland). Off Broadway: The Who’s Tommy (Abrams Arts Center). Selected Regional: Idaho! The Musical, Chicago, Biloxi Blues (Forestburgh Playhouse, NY), Batboy (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta). Favorite Roles: Radames/Aida, Al/A Chorus Line, Jimmy/Thoroughly Modern Milly. TV: Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. BFA Drama NYU: Tisch. Love to my family for their support. www.dustinhsmith.com
 
ASHLEY TOBIAS (Ensemble; u/s Whatsername, The Extraordinary Girl) is extremely excited to be in the UK/National Tour of American Idiot! Graduate of Montclair State. Credits: The Unexpected Dreams. Off-Broadway: Freckleface, The Musical (Emily), The Ohmies (original Daisy Dog), Virtually Me (Lindsey, US Tour-Original Cast). Special thanks to the American Idiot team, my manager and of course her parents! www.ashleytobias.com.
 
CHELSEA TURBIN (Ensemble; u/s Heather) is psyched to make her National Tour debut with American Idiot! Recently seen at The MUNY in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Ethel Peas). She received a BFA from The Boston Conservatory where credits included 42nd Street and Strike up the Band (Anne). Thanks and love to family, friends and this AWESOME cast!
 
JARED YOUNG (Ensemble) has starred alongside Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade (Jimmy). He studied Media Music at BYU and has ROCKED Europe, China & Australia. Special thanks to Carnahan Casting for believing in me. Super LOVE to Family, Jers & Germy! This one's for Gilmores.
 
American Idiot Jacksonville Performances:
Tuesday, May 14th at 7:30PM
Wednesday, May 15th at 7:30PM
 
To order by phone with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover call
The Artist Series Box Office at
(904) 442-BWAY (2929)
(toll-free outside of Jacksonville 1-888-860-BWAY)
Tickets are also available online with Instant Seat Selection by visiting the
The Artist Series’ website: www.artistseriesjax.org