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Full Cast Announced for AMERICAN IDIOT; Cast to Appear on Grammy Awards

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Why isn't Matt Caplan transferring?
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Stark Sands! I was on the fence before, but I will definitely be seeing it now.
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I heard Matt was difficult to work with during the show at Berkeley. Who knows if there's any truth to that.
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I'm fairly upset about the whole Matt Caplan thing. I guess Stark will have to do. So excited for the Grammy news, though! Break a leg to all!
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I read that cast list really quickly and thought for a second that Placido Domingo was going to be in this.
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Looks like Loren Lotaro gets another Gypsy Robe,
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"I heard Matt was difficult to work with during the show at Berkeley. Who knows if there's any truth to that."

Yeah, that's why Matt has worked continuously and steadily, cast in numerous shows, since he was 19 years old. Oy vey.
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Lol, I did the same thing, frogs fan.
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Got this off wikipedia in case people were interested in the casting differences.

Original Berkeley cast
The cast of 19 includes:

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny
Michael Esper as Will
Matt Caplan as Tunny
Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy
Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername
Mary Faber as Heather
Christina Sajous as the Extraordinary Girl.
The rest of the cast includes: Declan Bennett, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Brian Charles Johnson, Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Morgan Weed, Libby Winters with Lorin Latarro and Omar Lopez-Cepero as swings.

Broadway
The cast of 24 includes:

John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny
Michael Esper as Will
Stark Sands as Tunny
Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy
Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername
Mary Faber as Heather
Christina Sajous as the Extraordinary Girl.
The rest of the cast includes: Declan Bennett, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Van Hughes, Brian Charles Johnson, Joshua Kobak, Leslie McDonel, Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Aspen Vincent, Libby Winters with Lorin Latarro and Omar Lopez-Cepero as swings.
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sweetTb'way is correct. Matt was fired for being difficult to work with. Too bad. But, I'm a Stark Sands fan!
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Thanks for the back up on this mywonderwa11.

Look, I'm a fan of Matt Caplan's. I was just relaying what I had heard. Who knows what the situation was at Berkeley or how the fallout ensued. It's too bad though because he's a very talented and nice guy and this looks to be a possible hit.
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Stark Sands and Tony Vincent in the same show might be a little too much for me. I'm gonna need some alone time.
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"sweetTb'way is correct. Matt was fired for being difficult to work with."

I'm going to have to third this. From what I understand, it had to more to do with Caplan not delivering what was wanted from him in terms of vocals. Do not interpret this as meaning "he was fired because he couldn't sing".
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Matt was not fired. And the reason that he will not be in the Broadway cast has nothing to do with him being "difficult to work with". Some of you people should be a little more careful about the things you post online with such authority.
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I've never seen Stark in anything so I'm interested in his take of Tunny.
Updated On: 1/29/10 at 06:27 PM
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I remember Matt didn't perform on opening night. I personally thought he was just fine in the role, vocally, that is. He DID seem a little too old for the role, playing an 18-year-old kid alongside Michael Esper and John Gallagher he looked a little out-of-place.
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Also, Wikipedia is wrong. Aspen Vincent is a swing. I think they're be keeping the same number of ensemble members just adding more swings.
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anyone else pick up on the fact that all 3 original mortiz's from spring awakening obc are in American Idiot (John Gallager Jr., Brian Charles Johnson, and Gerard Canonico) ?!
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Brian was the OBC Otto, but he did understudy Moritz. Gerard understudied Moritz when Gallagher and then Blake Bashoff were full-time Moritzes before he took over until the end of the Broadway show.
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Matt Caplan missed many shows at Berkley Rep, and while he was terrific when he was on, his stamina became an issue of significant concern.

He and Morgan Weed were both replaced for purely creative reasons.

Nothing more, nothing less.
Tonya Pinkins: Then we had a "Lot's Wife" last June that was my personal favorite. I'm still trying to get them to let me sing it at some performance where we get to sing an excerpt that's gone.
Tony Kushner: You can sing it at my funeral.
Updated On: 1/29/10 at 12:23 AM
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Well, my information isn't just "rumor."
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I for one will miss Matt, I liked his performance and voice, and he was always nice to talk to after the show.... But, at the same time, I'm looking forward to seeing what Sands has to offer the part (I'll be honest, I know nothing about him)... But mainly I'm just happy that for the most part, its the same awesome group of individuals I got to know last fall. Very excited to see them all on TV this Sunday.
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This def gives me reason to turn on the Grammys for the first time in, oh, 5 years. I hope that I don't have to suffer through too much before the cast performs! Very excited to see this production in April!