Photo Flash: First Look at AMERICAN IDIOT, Opening Tonight at Beck Center
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to present the locally produced premiere of Green Day's American Idiot, tonight, July 10, through August 16, 2015 on the Mackey Main Stage. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
In the wake of Green Day's 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Beck Center for the Arts is thrilled to rock out with American Idiot this summer. Originally released in 2004 as Green Day's seventh studio recording, this project went on to win "Best Rock Album" at the 2005 Grammy Awards. By 2010, the music was brought to life on Broadway where it received two Tony Awards and the "Best Musical Show Album" Grammy. The story follows three friends as they search for true meaning in a post 9/11 world. Praised as "a groundbreaking musical knockout" by Rolling Stone, this energy fueled rock opera boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before.
On the production team are: Director/Artistic Director - Scott Spence; Co-Musical Director - Larry Goodpaster; Co-Musical Director - Bryan Bird; Choreographer - Martín Céspedes**; Stage Manager - Becky Adams; Asst.; Director/Asst. Stage Manager - Jenna A. Fink; Asst. DIrector/Co-Projection Designer - Douglas Puskas; Co-Projection Designer - Adam Zeek; Asst. Stage Manager - Katie Giglia; Scenic & Lighting Designer - Trad A Burns; Assoc. Scenic & Lighting Designer - Benjamin Gantose; Costume Designer - Jenniver Sparano; and Sound Designer - Richard B. Ingraham **Member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
In the cast are: Johnny - Dan Folino*; Will - Riley Ewing; Tunny - Jonathan Walker White; Heather - Annalise Griswold; Whatsername - Olivia Kaufmann; Favorite Son - DeVon Settles; St. Jimmy - Joe Virgo (Johnny U/S); and The Extraordinary Girl - Kristen Hoffman, with ensemble members Mike Brandt, Kyle Burnett, Adam James Cooper, Carlos Cruz, Tekla Gaughan (The Extraordinary Girl U/S), Trey Gilpin (Will U/S), Codie Higer (Whatsername U/S), Kristen Hoffman, Devon Jordan (Favorite Son U/S), Pat Miller (St. Jimmy U/S), DeVon Settles, Danny Simpson (Tunny U/S), Carleigh Spence (Heather U/S) and Swings/Pit Vocalists Danny DiMarino, Richie Gagen and John Lagucki. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of actors and stage managers.
The band features: Conductor/Keyboard - Bryan Bird; Guitars - Mike Brandt, Richie Clotz; Bass - Benson Anderson; Violin - Caitlin Hedge; Viola - Alex Figueroa; Cello - Dan Hild; and Percussion - Jason Giaco.
Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors (65 and older), and $12 for students with a valid I.D. A $3 service fee per ticket will be applied at time of purchase. Group discounts are available for parties of four or more. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540 x10. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available. Beck Center has established a PG-13 rating for this piece.
Photo Credit: Patrick R. Murphy/PRM Digital Productions