Clarksville, TN – Combine a multi-platinum album and a multimedia partnership with CDE Lightband with a multi-talented group of artists from Austin Peay State University and a dozen high-energy performers from around the nation — and brace yourself for a two-time Tony and Grammy Award-winning blockbuster.
Green Day’s critically-acclaimed powerhouse album comes to life this spring on the corner of Franklin and First in historic downtown Clarksville. Boldly taking the American musical where it has never gone before, the Roxy Regional Theatre opens the energy-fueled rock opera of youthful disillusion, Green Day’s “American Idiot”, on Friday, April 29th, at 8:00pm.Struggling to find meaning in a post-9/11 world, Johnny (Joseph Spinelli), Tunny (Charles Robinson) and Will (Ryan Alvarado) flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life. Their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship.
Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, “American Idiot” was written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, with music by Green Day and lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong.
With director Tom Thayer at the helm, the Roxy Regional Theatre’s production brings the return of Philadelphia choreographer Jenn Rose, who added her fresh and innovative work to last year’s production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins. Boasting an impressive multimedia installation by CDE Lightband, the set was designed and executed by students from the Department of Art and Design at Austin Peay State University, led by professor Scott Raymond.
Green Day’s “American Idiot” also features Ryan Bowie as St. Jimmy, Alyssa V. Gomez as Whatsername, Allison Kelly as Heather, and Sarita Nash as Extraordinary Girl, along with Patrick Beasley, Michael C. Brown, Allison Ferebee, Leigh Martha Klinger, Emily Rourke and Chris Shore.
Performing the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Holiday” and other songs from Green Day’s album “American Idiot” is a live band featuring Tom Thayer on keyboard, Jarrod Jackson on guitar, John Waddle on bass, and Thad Wallus on drums.
Inspired by several musicals and the work of The Who, American rock band Green Day released “American Idiot”, their seventh studio album, in 2004. A concept album and “punk rock opera” following the story of Jesus of Suburbia, an adolescent anti-hero divided between “rage and love,” “American Idiot” expresses the disillusionment and dissent experienced by a generation which came of age during various turmoil including the Iraq War. The album charted number one in 19 countries, sold 15 million copies worldwide, generated five platinum singles, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album in 2005.
Green Day’s “American Idiot” runs April 29th through May 14th, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. There is no performance on Wednesday, May 4th.
Due to strong language and adult content, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.
Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at 931.645.7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).
Active duty military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Wednesday and Thursday performances.
This production is made possible in part through the generous support of CDE Lightband. Additional funding support has been provided by Jill T. Crow and Nancy Ladd.
The Roxy Regional Theatre is located at 100 Franklin Street in Clarksville, TN.