AMERICAN IDIOT Tour Rocks the National Theatre, Now thru 2/23

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AMERICAN IDIOT Tour Rocks the National Theatre, Now thru 2/23
Jared Nepute as Johnny in AMERICAN IDIOT.
Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The national tour of Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, the explosive Broadway hit, makes its Washington premiere tonight, February 18, and continues through the 23rd at National Theatre as part of the Broadway at the National subscription series.

Tickets for AMERICAN IDIOT start at $48, plus applicable service charges, and are on sale now online at thenationaldc.com, by phone at (800) 514-3849, or in person at the National Theatre box office. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling (855) 486-2516. For more information, call (202) 628-6161.

Jared Nepute will star as Johnny, along with Carson Higgins as St. Jimmy, Casey O'Farrell as Will, Dan Tracy as Tunny,Olivia Puckett as Whatsername, Taylor Jones as The Extraordinary Girl, and Mariah MacFarlane as Heather.

AMERICAN IDIOT will also feature Alex Boniello, Liam Fennecken, Sean Garner, Francesca Granell, Antwaun Holley, Andrew Humann, Alison Morooney, Johnny Newcomb, Michael Pilato, Eric Presnall, Turner Rouse Jr., Josephine Spada,and Chelsea Turbin.

"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."

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 byTony Award®-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).

The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (Once) with orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (If/Then, 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 ACME Sound Partners, 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 national tour played a critically acclaimed 10-week U.K. engagement from October - December 2012 and completed a stint in Tokyo and Seoul in the summer of 2013.

For more information on AMERICAN IDIOT, visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com.

About the National Theatre: Located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the National Theatre opened in 1835 and is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in the nation. Over the years, the National has hosted a multitude of memorable events, including the pre-Broadway presentations of the musicals Show Boat;Hello, Dolly!; and West Side Story. Many of the world's greatest performers have graced the National Theatre stage including Robert Redford, George C. Scott, Will Rogers, Helen Hayes, James Earl Jones, Eartha Kitt, Sir Laurence Olivier, Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno, Katherine Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Ian McKellen, Debbie Reynolds, and Audrey Hepburn. National Theatre Group, a partnership between JAM Theatricals, Ltd. and SMG, oversees the programming for and management of the theater. Follow the National Theatre at: facebook.com/NationalTheatreWashingtonDC or twitter.com/NatTheatreDC.

CAST BIOGRAPHIES:

Jared Nepute (Johnny). Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Jared is thrilled to be a part of this wonderful family! Off-Broadway: Orlando in As You Like It (Roy Arias Studios). Regional: Gabe in Next to Normal (Theatre Squared), Matthew in Altar Boyz (TriArts Sharon Playhouse), Anthony in Sweeny Todd (Fredrick Lowe Theatre.) Proud graduate of NYU Steinhardt. www.jarednepute.com

Dan Tracy (Tunny) makes his touring debut in American Idiot having just graduated from the University of Michigan. University credits: Little Women (John Brooke), Bat Boy (Bud/Pan), Our Country's Good (Arscott). Regional: Xanadu (Thalia), Enemy of the People (Ejlif). Many thanks to Jillian at Carnahan, my family, Paige, and the BRS Family. Follow @dan_tracy

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! www.caseyofarrell.com

Olivia Puckett (Whatsername) is stoked to be a part of this killer production! She is a recent graduate of Wagner College with a BA in Theatre Performance. Recent credits include Rent (Mimi), All Shook Up (Lorraine) and Avenue Q (Gary Coleman). Much love to her incredibly supportive family and friends. Papa <3

TAYLOR JONES (Extraordinary Girl). Taylor is undeniably happy to join this cast for her first national tour. Straight out of the California Bay Area, her favorite credits include The Wiz (Dorothy), Rent (Mimi), Spring Awakening (Wendla). Big love and hugs to her family and friends for all their love and hugs!!

Mariah MacFarlane (Heather) is beyond excited to be a part of her first national tour! She recently graduated with a BFA in musical theatre from Emerson College where her credits include Anne Bogart's production of Cafe Variations and Sydney in the premiere production of Standardized Testing the Musical! Many thanks and love to Carnahan casting, her endlessly supportive family, and her wolf pack MT's of 2013.

DANIEL C. Jackson (St. Jimmy). A proud native of Birmingham, Alabama, is amped to be in such a killer show! Favorite roles include: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Buddy), Hairspray (Fender), Les Mis (Enjolras). He'd like to thank Dave at Shirley Grant, family and all of you supporters of the arts! Proud to be an Idiot. RTR. @danielcjackson

ALEX BONIELLO (Ensemble; u/s Johnny, St. Jimmy). Tour Debut! Alex is a recent graduate from Wagner College. Past credits include Rent (Mark), Spring Awakening (Moritz), Avenue Q (Princeton). TV/Film: Contest, Detachment, Alien Dawn. Thanks to the cast, the team, and Dave at SGM. Love to my family, friends and Apes. www.alexboniello.com

LIAM FENNECKEN (Ensemble; u/s Will) is pumped to rock out with the American Idiot family! Proud graduate of the BA Theatre program at Penn State. Favorite roles: Spelling Bee (Barfee), Loves Labour's Lost (Costard). He'd like to thank his family and friends, Carnahan Casting, Avalon Artists Group and everyone at PSU. We Are!

SEAN GARNER (Ensemble; u/s Johnny) is thrilled to make his national tour debut! He is a graduate of UC Irvine's BFA program and his favorite roles include:The Wild Party (Oscar), Our Town (George Gibbs), All Shook Up (Ensemble). Special thanks to Clear Talent Group and Worklight Productions, and the wholeIdiot team! Thanks to family and friends for the support. @seanvgarner

FRANCESCA GRANELL (Swing; u/s Extraordinary Girl, Whatsername) is stoked to be joining the cast of American Idiot! National Tour: Shrek the Musical(Baby Bear, u/s Fiona). Tampa, FL native with a BA in English Literature, FSU. Love and gratitude to the incredible Granell clan, friends, and the Idiot team for their unfaltering support.

Antwaun Holley (Ensemble) is ardently impassioned about his touring debut in American Idiot. Favorite credits: Youth in Passing Strange, Seaweed inHairspray 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

Andrew Humann (Ensemble; u/s St. Jimmy) is beyond humbled to be making his national tour debut! An East Bay Area native, Andrew's worked with such companies as Shotgun Players, Center repertory Company and Boxcar theatre. Eternal thanks and love to Mom, Dad, Grandma, Uncle Billie and Aunt Adrienne who've brought my dreams to life.

Alison Morooney (Ensemble, Dance Captain; u/s Extraordinary Girl, Heather, Whatsername) is thrilled to make her post-PSU debut on the American Idiottour! 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.

Johnny Newcomb (Swing) is ecstatic to be able to call himself an Idiot! Off-Broadway: Into the Woods (Milky White/Woodsman) at The Public Theatre; Regional: Spring Awakening (Melchior), Next To Normal (Henry) at the ZACH Theatre. Love and thanks to Mom, Dad, my beautiful sisters, Meg Pantera The Agency, and all my friends near and far! BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory.

MICHAEL PILATO (Ensemble; u/s Tunny) from South Florida, is ecstatic to join The Idiots on tour! Regional credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Reuben) at The Fulton Theatre. Favorite roles include Rent (Roger), The Last Five Years (Jamie), Altar Boyz (Juan). Love and gratitude to his family, Penn State faculty, Ed and Squad 13!

ERIC PRESNALL (Swing; u/s Tunny) is absolutely stoked to be a part of this tour and thanks the Carnahan crew for making this opportunity possible. He is a Northern California native and would like to personally thank his family and friends for their unconditional love and support...For Brando.

Turner Rouse, Jr. (Ensemble; u/s Will) is thrilled to be returning to AI for the second year. Graduate of BFA Music Theatre Class of 2012 from Elon University. Elon: Children of Eden (Abel), It's Only Life (w/ John Bucchino). Turner is also a photographer (Turner Rouse Photography) and songwriter/producer under the alias Logical Confusion. Love to my family and the WHOLE idiot family for the support! www.twitter.com/turnerrousejr

JOSEPHINE SPADA (Ensemble) is ecstatic to be joining the cast of American Idiot! She is a recent graduate of NYU: Tisch where she studied musical theatre at CAP21. She has recently been seen in NYMF's Next Broadway Sensation and has performed both regionally and in venues all over NYC. She would like to thank her incredible family and friends for their constant love and support! www.josephinespada.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!

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