Former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily (playing Whatshername) will star in Green Day’s award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot, as it arrives in the UK for its West End premiere from 17 July at the Arts Theatre. Running until 27 September 2015, with press night on 22 July, American Idiot – The Musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The musical is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling. Further casting will be announced in due course.
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 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’.
The producers of American Idiot – The Musical said: “We are absolutely delighted to be bringing American Idiot to the Arts Theatre this summer and autumn, following its very successful life on Broadway. It’s a cracking musical for fans old and new, and we have had a fantastic relationship with the Arts Theatre for years. We can’t wait to bring this musical to the heart of London”.
The musical is produced by David Hutchinson and Philip Rowntree for Sell a Door Theatre Company and Stephen McGill Productions. The associate producers are Hartshorn – Hook Productions, London Contemporary Theatre, and Nathan Gardner/Danny Brooke.
Amelia Lily (Whatshername) 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 has recently finished touring the UK as the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. American Idiot – The Musical will be Amelia’s West End debut.
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; The Drowsy Chaperone; 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 (the Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, Singapore and Middle East); Guys and Dolls (Tring Park); Josephine Baker (The Beckett Theatre, New York); Liza Liza Liza (Bill Kenwright tour); Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre); Momentous Musicals (New Wimbledon Theatre, ATG); Blockbuster (UK tour); Shitfaced Sondheim (UK premiere); Seussical (Arts Theatre); West End Bares 2013 and 2014; An Evening With Marvin Hamlisch (St James Theatre); The Jewish Legacy (UK tour); A Tale of Two Cities (Charing Cross Theatre); Lost Boy (Liverpool Playhouse); Forever Plaid (UK and international tour); Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand (UK tour); Bare – The Rock Musical, Once Upon a Mattress (Union Theatre); Assassins (Landor); The Wild Party (Mountview); How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (CPA); The 48hour Musicals – The Boy Friend (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Me and My Girl (London Palladium).