AMERICAN IDIOT to Launch National Tour in Fall 2011
February 24, 2011
American Idiot will take its namesake country by storm when the Green Day rock opera sets out on a national tour beginning in the fall of 2011. No dates or cities have been announced at this time. Open call auditions for the tour will take place in Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston and Chicago this spring.
Featuring a score from the Green Day album of the same name, American Idiot follows three twenty-something friends as they search for meaning in their lives in a post-9/11 society. Directed by Michael Mayer, the musical opened on April 20, 2010 at the St. James Theatre and received three Tony nominations including Best Musical.
American Idiot's Broadway production currently stars John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny, Stark Sands as Tunny, Michael Esper as Will and Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as St. Jimmy.
BRING IT ON Launches Natioanl Tour Nov. 1
February 23, 2011
High-flying original musical comedy "Bring It On: The Musical" launches its national tour with a six-week engagement at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre from November 1 through December 11, 2011, with opening night set for November 11. "Bring It On: The Musical" will open the Ahmanson's 2011-2012 season.
"Bring It On: The Musical" features libretto by Tony Award®-winner Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q"), music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights"), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning composer Tom Kitt ("next to normal") and lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green ("High Fidelity"). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® -winner Andy Blankenbuehler ("In the Heights").
In "Bring It On: The Musical," the high-stakes world of competitive cheerleading is intertwined with cutthroat high school politics to tell the story of Campbell, the heir apparent to the head cheerleader at Truman High School. Campbell is at the top of the cheerleader pyramid and she has it all -- a strong squad, a doting boyfriend and a straight path to the national championships. Her entire life has been dedicated to honing routines and staying within the strict rules and guidelines, but when a surprise letter arrives, Campbell's world is thrown upside down.
"I am excited about this project because it brings together artists who have helped expand theBroadway musical into the world of rock, hip-hop, and even puppetry for that matter," said Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. "The opportunity to see Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Jeff Whitty, Amanda Green and Andy Blankenbuehler exploring the angst of high school and the athleticism of competitive cheerleading is a chance that I couldn't pass up."
When the musical comedy premiered in its developmental production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta last month, Wendell Brock of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called "Bring It On: The Musical," ". . . one high-energy drink: fiercely funny writing, catchy hip-hop tunes and an explosively original mix of singing, acting, dancing and cheer."
"Bring It On: The Musical" is produced by Universal Pictures Stage Productions / Glenn Ross, Beacon Communications /Armyan Bernstein and Charlie Lyons, and Kristin Caskey and Mike Isaacson, Executive Producers. Beacon and Universal have partnered over the past decade to produce the popular series of "Bring It On" films.