Green Day’s American Idiot set to make waves on stage in Manila

When I found out that it will bring the musical, American Idiot on June 24, I was excited to see some of well-known rockers in the local music scene. 9 Works Theatrical, which brought unforgettable and award-winning shows such as La Cage aux Folles and Grease, partnered with Globe Telecom.

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In case you didn’t know, American Idiot was nominated for Best Musical during the 2010 Tony Awards. The critically acclaimed show brought home Tony Awards for Best Musical Scenic Design and Best Musical Lighting Design. It also earned a Grammy award for Best Musical Show.

American Idiot group photo

It’s all about the story of three suburban youths in Jingletown, USA,  Johnny, Will, and Tunny as they leave the comforts of suburbia and face reality head on. It’s a story of disillusionment, drugs, war, and broken relationships. But it’s also a story about love, dreams, change, healing and hope.

Been a Green Day fan for quite sometime, American Idiot is based from the band’s comeback album which was sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The said punk rock musical with book by Michael Mayer and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, and with music and lyrics by Green Day.

The musical will open at the new Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, an open air rock opera featuring the country’s most sought after rock stars and theater actors. The show will bring the spirit and the energy of disenchanted youth searching for the meaning of life with some of the best songs of Green Day’s career, including 21 Guns, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, and Wake Me Up When September Ends.

For those who loved Pinoy rock music, the American Idiot cast includes Jason Fernandez (former Rivermaya front man and The Voice of the Philippines Season 2 finalist), Miggy Chavez (Chicosci lead vocalist), veteran thespians Nel Gomez (Grease, The Glass Menagerie), Yanah Laurel (Spring Awakening, Rizal X) and Alex Godinez (Grease, High School Musical), Ela Lisondra (Disney Paris and Hong Kong, and recent Miss Saigon alumnus), and Philippine Rock icon Basti Artadi (Wolfgang lead singer).

Rounding up the cast are Norby David (former Rivermaya lead vocalist), Kai Atienza (GMA 7 artist), Ariel Reonal (seasoned thespian, Hong Kong Disney and Miss Saigon alumnus), Gian Gloria (Euro Pop Berliner Perle finalist, Marco Polo musical), Mako Alonso (La Cage aux Folles, Rivalry), Sarah Facuri (Grease, No Filter), Chesko Rodriguez (La Cage aux Folles, Universal Studios Singapore), Shalee Vicencio (Disney’s Camp Rock, Alice in Wonderland), Mark Tayag (Rent, The Wedding Singer, Grease) and Kendrick Ibasco (Pinocchio, Rivalry).

American Idiot is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with Sab Jose as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director for instrumentation, Onyl Torres as musical director for vocals, PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Mio Infante as scenographer, GA Fallarme as video and projection designer, Mickey Hirai as costume designer and stylist, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Dong Calingacion as Technical Director, Philleep Masaquel and Randy Salvador as technical supervisors, JC Inocian as photographer, and Maine Manalansan as graphic and creative manager.

Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Joe Caliro (Globe Telecom), Globe Gen 3 Head Leah De Guzman, Globe Gen 3 Director for Events & Production Denise Seva, with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Toff de Venecia as PR director, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.

Rock your heart out to the songs that speak about your inner rage and reflect your struggles with the reality of a world that currently holds no luster. Speak your mind, scream your heart out while watching this musical.

American Idiot will be shown on June 24, 25, 26, July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2016 at 8:00pm, at Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

For tickets, contact 586.7105, 0917.554.5560, Ticketworld at 891.9999, email info@9workstheatrical.com, or visit www.globe.com.ph/American-Idiot.

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