Green Day musical to premiere in the UK in 2012

Natalie Woolman

Green Day’s musical American Idiot is to hold its British premiere in autumn 2012.

The Tony Award-winning musical will tour the UK next year, beginning at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton on October 9 and including the Millennium Centre in Cardiff and Manchester’s Palace Theatre. The tour will end with a run at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London in December 2012.

The tour will feature an American cast. It is directed by Michael Mayer and features Green Day songs including Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Wake Me Up When September Ends and American Idiot.

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong said: “We’re excited to be bringing the US stage production of American Idiot to the UK and Ireland. We played to some of the most insane crowds when we toured the album there, and we can’t wait for our friends across the pond to see the musical.”

American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009 and opened on Broadway in 2010, where it ran for more than a year. The UK tour is produced by SJM Concerts and Flying Entertainment.

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