American Idiot Tour
December 28, 2011 by staff
American Idiot Tour, American Idiot was a surprise smash hit on Broadway in 2010 and this week launches its 1st National Tour in Toronto. Arguably one of the most anticipated shows of Toronto’s 2011 season, the current tour cast features four Canadians, including Jake Epstein as Will and Scott. J Campbell as Tunny.
American Idiot first premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year before opening on Broadway in April 2010. Hailed by the New York Times as “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and The Toronto Star as “the first great musical of the 21st century”, the show was nominated for Best Musical at the 2010 Tony Awards and took home two awards that year.
Based on the award-winning Green Day album of the same name, American Idiot takes the songs and characters from that album and brings them to life on stage. Applauded for its creative use of lighting, costumes and set design, the show promises to be a feast for the eyes and the ears.
Toronto is thrilled to have the opportunity to launch the American Idiot tour, and BWW will be on hand to cover the entire event and bring readers exclusive coverage of all the opening night excitement. We are also going to be speaking to the Canadian cast members about what their journey has been like, and about the unique opportunity they have getting to kick off the tour on home-turf.
First up is Jake Epstein, a hometown hero who is known to most Torontonians for his role as Craig on Degrassi: The Next Generation and to many musical theatre fans for playing the role of Melchoir on the National Tour of Spring Awakening. Jake took some time over the holidays to talk with us about his past roles, making the leap from TV to theatre and coming home to Toronto:
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