News — May 3, 2016 at 7:21 pm

Green Day’s American Idiot musical set for June debut in Manila

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AMERICAN-IDIOT-MANILLA

Strap in fans, Green Day are coming to Manila… well kinda.

 

Green Day fans will have to wait a little longer for the rockers themselves to come to town but in the meantime, Green Day’s award-winning musical American Idiot is here to fill that Green Day sized hole in your life.

 

Filipino fans will be able to sing their lungs out to Green Day’s songs when the rock opera premieres this June, thanks to 9 Works Theatrical and Globe Telecom. The musical, written by Green Day lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong includes all the songs from 2004’s American Idiot album including “American Idiot,” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Jesus of Suburbia.”

 

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The rock n roll stage show is an expansion of Green Day’s concept album American Idiot, focussing on the lives of three disaffected young men in the aftermath of 9/11. The story tracks the lives of three protagonists, who each head in dramatically different directions following the tragedy.

 

The show has had a successful run across the United States, Sweden, Japan, South Korea, and most recently in the London’s West End and now it’s time for Southeast Asian fans to see what all the fuss is about. The performance will be making its debut in Southeast Asia in the Philipines for a series of shows in Manila.

 

The show snatched a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and two Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. The Toronto Star even went as far as to call it “the first great musical of the 21st century.”

 

 

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Whilst Green Day do not feature in the musical itself, Armstrong has performed in cameo roles in the past as St. Jimmy, an adventurous drug dealer who is eventually revealed to be a drug-addled manifestation of protagonist Johnny’s id. Is a little cameo too much to ask from the enigmatic frontman to make a guest appearance over here? Check him out in action below and tell us it doesn’t make you want to go:

 

 

A recent open call for auditions managed to bring out some of the most mercurial talent the Philippines has to offer. The applicants included several reality TV contestants and former rock band members but the final cast has not been revealed yet. In any case, the show has firmly established itself as one of the Philippines’ most anticipated rock shows this year. Tickets will be up for grabs starting May 24.