Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!

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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

 

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
The Canadian Idiots! Scott J Campbell, Jake Epstein and Gabriel Antonacci

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Aubrey Dan of Dancap Productions with the cast and crew of American Idiot

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
The Ladies of American Idiot: Nicci Claspell, Leslie McDonel, Gabrielle McClinton, Krystina Alabado, Jennifer Bowles, Talia Aaron and Jillian Mueller

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Leslie McDonel, Gabrielle McClinton, Scott J Campbell, Jake Epstein, Josh Kobak, Van Hughes and Nicci Claspell

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Aubrey Dan and Michael Mayer join the men of American Idiot

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Tom Hulce and Michael Mayer

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Gabriel Antonacci and Van Hughes

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Gabriel Antonacci and Van Hughes

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Michael Mayer

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Van Hughes

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Gabriel Antonacci

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!
Two Toronto Boys: Jake Epstein and Gabriel Antonacci

Photo Coverage: The IDIOTS Have Arrived in Toronto - AMERICAN IDIOT Opening Night!

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Kelly Cameron Kelly Cameron's love affair with the theatre began when she was just five years old, on an outing to see the Original Canadian Cast of Les Miserables at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. She instantly fell in love, and is honoured to be representing the Toronto contingent of BroadwayWorld as Senior Editor overseeing the GTA region.

Her writing career started almost by accident, though it has always been in her blood as her Mom was an English teacher who firmly believed in the importance of being able to turn a phrase. She also loved sharing her love of theatre with her students (and her children), and was a staunch supporter of the arts in Toronto.

When not at the theatre, you can usually find Kelly with a Starbucks in one hand and her BlackBerry in the other, tweeting, reading or doing something quirky and clumsy for the sake of getting that next big story.

She's incredibly grateful to the amazing Toronto theatre community who have embraced her with open arms, giving her the greatest gift a little redheaded theatre geek could ever ask for - getting to be a part of this vibrant arts and culture scene. She may have never had the skills to be on the stage, but is thankful every day she gets to write about the inspiring people who do.

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