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'American Idiot' national tour begins this fall -- guitar heros, take note.

February 23, 2011 |  1:20 pm


"American Idiot," the stage musical featuring songs by the punk band Green Day, will launch a national tour in the fall. No start date or cities were announced for the show, which won two Tony Awards last year and recently picked up a Grammy Award for best musical show album.

The show's producers said in a casting notice that they are looking to cast male and female rock singers in their early to late 20s in open auditions in Los Angeles, Toronto, Boston and Chicago.

"All hopefuls should bring a recent picture, résumé and prepare a short rock song. A piano accompanist will be provided. Men who play the guitar should bring one and accompany themselves," said organizers. L.A.-area tryouts are March 5 at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood.

"American Idiot" had its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009 before opening on Broadway in 2010. The musical uses songs from the Green Day albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown" to tell the story of three friends whose lives are changed by war, religion and more.

The original Broadway cast featured John Gallagher Jr., Stark Sands and Michael Esper. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is starring in the show through Sunday.

Times critic Charles McNulty called the musical "kinetically entertaining" but added that the protagonists "never become characters."


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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Michael Esper, Stark Sands and John Gallagher Jr. in a scene from the Broadway production of "American Idiot." Credit: Paul Kolnik

Photo (bottom): John Gallagher Jr. and Tony Vincent in the Berkeley production of "American Idiot." Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times