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Green Day’s Electrifying Broadway Hit “American Idiot” Will Play DPAC on April 29th and 30th

The Boston Globe called "American Idiot" "flat-out electrifying." (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

The Boston Globe called “American Idiot” “flat-out electrifying.” (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

At 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29th, and Wednesday, April 30th, the Durham Performing Arts Center will welcome the national tour of Green Day’s electrifying 2010 Broadway musical American Idiot to its 2,700-seat state-of-the-art theater in the Bull City’s American Tobacco Historic District. Jared Nepute will star as Johnny in this incendiary hit, which the The New York Times described as “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” and the Boston Globe called “flat-out electrifying.”

According to DPAC, Jared Nepute’s co-stars will include Carson Higgins as St. Jimmy, Casey O’Farrell as Will, Dan Tracy as Tunny, Olivia Puckett as Whatsername, Taylor Jones as The Extraordinary Girl, and Mariah MacFarlane as Heather.

“Other featured players in this touring version of American Idiot are Alex Boniello, Liam Fennecken, Sean Garner, Francesca Granell, Antwaun Holley, Andrew Humann, Alison Morooney, Johnny Newcomb, Michael Pilato, Eric Presnall, Turner Rouse Jr., Josephine Spada, and Chelsea Turbin.

Also according to DPAC:

“‘I am thrilled that we get to continue sharing American Idiot with audiences across North America,’ said director >Michael Mayer. ‘The creative team and I couldn’t be happier with the stellar group of actors we’ve assembled. All of them are talented new additions to the American Idiot family.'”

"American Idiot" stars (from left) Dan Tracy as Tunny, Jared Nepute as Johnny, and Casey OFarrell as Will (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

“American Idiot” stars (from left) Dan Tracy as Tunny, Jared Nepute as Johnny, and Casey OFarrell as Will (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

DPAC also writes:

American Idiot, a 2010 Tony Award®-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award-winner Mayer (Spring Awakening).

“The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (Once), with orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). The tour features Tony Award-winning scenic design by Christine Jones and Tony Award-winning lighting design by Kevin Adams.

“The acclaimed creative team also includes costume design by Andrea Lauer, sound design by Acme Sound Partners, video and projections design by Darrel Maloney, music supervision by Jared Stein, associate choreography by Lorin Latarro, and associate direction by Johanna McKeon.”

“Winner of two [2010] Tony Awards, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances, and with the hope embodied by a new generation, American Idiot has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010-April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto.

“The musical features the hits ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams,’ ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends,’ ‘Holiday,’ and the blockbuster title track ‘American Idiot’ from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release ’21st Century Breakdown,’ including ’21 Guns’ and an unreleased love song, ‘When It’s Time.’

American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and played through November of that year. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway, where reviews were unanimously positive, with Charles Isherwood of The New York Times calling the show ‘the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade’ and the Toronto Star naming it ‘the first great musical of the 21st century!’ The national tour played a critically acclaimed 10-week U.K. engagement from October to December 2012 and completed a stint in Tokyo and Seoul in the summer of 2013.”

Olivia Puckett (center) as Whatsername and the ladies of "American Idiot" rock the house (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Olivia Puckett (center) as Whatsername and the ladies of “American Idiot” rock the house (photo by Jeremy Daniel)

SECOND OPINION April 24th Durham, NC Herald-Sun preview by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan: (Note: You must register to read this article); and April 24th Burlington, NC Times-News preview by Charity Apple:

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents AMERICAN IDIOT at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 30 at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701, in the American Tobacco District.

TICKETS: $37.75-$121.75 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800-982-2787 or

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American Idiot (2004 Green Day concept album): (Green Day website) and (Wikipedia).

Green Day (California punk-rock band, formed in 1987): (official website), (Facebook page), (Twitter page), and (Wikipedia).

American Idiot (2009 Berkeley Rep and 2010 Broadway musical): (official website), (Internet Broadway Database), (Facebook page), (Twitter page), and (Wikipedia).

Billie Joe Armstrong (book and lyrics): (Facebook page), (Twitter page), and (Wikipedia).

Michael Mayer (book and director): (Twitter page) and (Wikipedia).


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