AMERICAN IDIOT Announces National Tour Following West End Run, March 19; Amelia Lily to Reprise Role

Green Day's explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will now embark on a national tour from 19 March 2016, following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square until 22 November 2015.

American Idiot will begin it's UK tour from 19 March 2016, commencing at the Curve Theatre, Leicester, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Chris Whybrow and musical supervision by Richard Morris.

Other confirmed venues for the American Idiot UK tour include the Palace Theatre, Manchester (5-9 April), New Theatre, Cardiff (19-23 April), Kings Theatre, Portsmouth (26-30 April), New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (10-14 May), Exeter Northcott Theatre (18-22 May), Sunderland Empire (24-28 May) and King's Theatre, Glasgow (31 May - 4 June) with further dates announced shortly.

Amelia Lily (X-Factor) will be reprising her critically acclaimed role, Whatsername, from 5 April at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, with full casting to be confirmed in due course.

Amelia Lily said "I'm so excited to be a part of American Idiot on tour! It's been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven't had a chance to see it in London!"

The musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The production is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a critically acclaimed Broadway run in April 2010.

Its hit songs include "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "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 are several songs from Green Day's 2009 release "21st Century Breakdown," and an unreleased love song, "When It's Time."

American Idiot The Musical is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Amelia Lily (Whatsername) is a singer who finished third on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Her debut single, "You Bring Me Joy", was released in 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, while her follow-up singles "Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)" and "Party Over" (both 2013) reached the top 20 and the top 40 respectively. Amelia made her West End debut, earlier this year, in American Idiot the musical and previously starred as the Narrator in the UK tour of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Racky Plews (Director/Choreographer) was the resident director at Trafalgar Studios on Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair and also the choreographer in residence at The Gatehouse where credits include: Guys and Dolls (Best Production nomination - thirteen Off West End nominations); The Drowsy Chaperone (Best Off West End Production nomination What's On Stage); Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story; A Slice of Saturday Night; The Hot Mikado and Into The Woods. Her choreography credits include: the UK Premiere of the musical comedy Cougar (The Belgrade, Coventry); Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour); the Asian Premiere of Seussical (and director- The Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East); Guys and Dolls (director- Tring Park); Josephine Baker (The Beckett Theatre, New York); Liza Liza Liza by Richard Harris (Bill Kenwright Tour); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre); Momentous Musicals (New Wimbledon Theatre, ATG); Aladdin (Hastings, Qdos); Blockbuster (assistant/resident director, UK Tour); Shitfaced Sondheim (UK Premiere); A Dolls House (UK Tour); Seussical (The Arts Theatre); Wagner's The Ring Cycle (and co-director- The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); West End Bares 2013 and 2014 (Jerry Mitchell/Darren Carnall); An Evening with Marvin Hamlisch (St. James Theatre, main space); The Jewish Legacy (UK Tour); Oedipus & Antigone (The Scoop Amphitheatre, South Bank); A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre); Lost Boy (Liverpool Playhouse); Billy Elliot's West End Eurovision Entry 2013 and 2014 (Dominion Theatre); Denise Pearson - The Jackson's World Tour (UK Arena Tour/Birmingham Pride/G.A.Y. London); Forever Plaid (UK & International Tour); Sophie Tucker's One Night Stand (UK Tour); the European Premiere of Bare - The Rock Musical (Best Choreography nomination Broadway World); Bernarda Alba; and Once Upon A Mattress (Best Choreography nomination Off West End Awards, The Union Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Kings Head Theatre); Assassins (The Landor); La Traviata and The Marriage of Figaro (and director- Hampstead Garden Opera); Freshers (Edinburgh Festival - Best Musical Whats On Stage Award); Dangerous Daughters (Perfect Pitch); The Wild Party (Mountview); How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (CPA); The 48hour Musicals - The Boy Friend (Her Majesty's Theatre); Crazy For You; and Me & My Girl (London Palladium).

Billie Joe Armstrong, is frontman of the rock band Green Day. Green Day's albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994's Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy, Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004's landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album); 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012's consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind the scenes DVD,¡Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers' 1958 Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, opened on Broadway in 2010. Throughout its run, he made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary, Broadway Idiot, chronicles his road to the Great White Way. Armstrong also composed the music for These Paper Bullets staged last year at the Yale Repertory Theatre. His other film and TV credits include This is 40, Nurse Jackie, and the upcoming feature film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. greenday.com

Green Day

Vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, Bassist Mike Dirnt, and Drummer Tré Cool - were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994's Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album), and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. In 2009, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown, which won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album. It spawned two hit singles: the gold "Know Your Enemy," which was the first song ever to top Billboard's Rock, Alternative, and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously, and the double-platinum "21 Guns," which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favourite Alternative Rock Music Artist. Later that year, Green Day collaborated with Tony Award winning director of Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer, for the stage musical of American Idiot. The play bowed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and set attendance records during its limited engagement. The play went on to Broadway and ran for a year at the St. James Theatre and won two Tony Awards Green Day's highly anticipated album trilogy kicked off with the release of Green Day ¡Uno!, (September 25, 2012) followed by Green Day ¡Dos! (November 13th), and Green Day ¡Tré! (December 11th). The band recently completed the Soundwave Festival in Australia. For more info visit www.greenday.com.

LISTINGS

AMERICAN IDIOT - THE MUSICAL

DIRECTED BY RACKY PLEWS

UK NATIONAL TOUR

CURVE THEATRE LEICESTER

14 - 26 MARCH

0116 242 3595

PALACE THEATRE MANCHESTER

4 - 9 APRIL

0844 871 7627

NEW THEATRE CARDIFF

19 - 23 APRIL

01392 72 63 63

(On General Sale from Thursday 29 October 2015)

THE KINGS THEATRE PORTSMOUTH

26 - 30 APRIL

0239 282 8282

NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRMINGHAM

10 - 14 MAY

0844 871 3011

EXETER NORTHCOTT THEATRE

18 - 22 MAY

0139 272 6363

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE

24 - 28 MAY

0844 871 3022

KING'S THEATRE GLASGOW

31 MAY - 4 JUNE

0844 871 7648

Running time: 1hr 40 mins plus interval

Website: www.americanidiotthemusical.co.uk

Twitter: @ukamericanidiot

Facebook: American Idiot UK

Instagram: ukamericanidiot

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