The complete cast for American Idiot has been announced. The principle cast features:
John Gallagher, Jr as Johnny;
Matt Caplan as Tunny;
Michael Esper as Will;
Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy;
Mary Faber as Heather;
Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername; and
Christina Sajous as Extraordinary Girl.
The ensemble features Declan Bennet, Andrew Call, Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Brian Charles Johnson, Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Morgan Weed and Libby Winters.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says the band amazed by is with the cast:
We continue to be impressed with how they are handling and interpreting the material. Their talent has truly brought the album to life in a really incredible way.
Director Michael Mayer agrees:
They’re bringing depth and passion to their characters, and singing the shit out of the songs. Watching them inhabit the kinetic dynamism of Steven Hoggett’s brilliant choreography takes my breath away. It’s a rare honor to be blessed with such devoted and spectacularly imaginative performers.
In their press release, Berkeley Rep also reveals the following about the show:
With an onstage band, American Idiot follows working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East. In an exhilarating journey borne along by Green Day’s electrifying songs, they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration. This high-octane show includes every song from the album, as well as several songs from Green Day’s new CD, 21st Century Breakdown.
I do hope it doesn’t turn out to be another We Will Rock You – it’s the symbolic character names that make me pause for just a second – although the fact that it was a concept album prior to this adaptation at least offers some hope.