The Tony® and Grammy®-Award winning, explosive rock musical Green Day’s American Idiot will make its Sydney debut in the Concert Hall this January with Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson in the starring role.

Following a strictly-limited season at the Sydney Opera House, the production will tour nationally to the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, Crown Theatre Perth, Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane.

Grinspoon’s enigmatic frontman Phil Jamieson returns to the rebellious lead role of St. Jimmy following his acclaimed performance in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre season in February this year. Also returning to the production is Phoebe Panaretos, who received a Helpmann-nomination for her unanimously-praised performance as Whatsername.

As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronts one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies were first etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995. Since then they have had six consecutive Top 10 debuts, multi-platinum album sales, 13 ARIA Award nominations and 17 songs polling in the triple j Hottest 100.

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Phil Jamieson in the Australian premiere of American Idiot (Photo by Dylan Evans)

Internationally, the role of St Jimmy has been played rotationally by rock personalities including Billie Joe Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson.

Phil Jamieson says: Absolutely stoked to the eyeballs to be reprising the role of ST JIMMY for AMERICAN IDIOT in 2018… So many great tunes, such a great time… I can’t wait to bring it to y’all around the country! It will no doubt be the BEST TIME OF LIFE…

Developed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (lyrics) and Tony Award®-winner Michael Mayer (book and lyrics), American Idiot features every song from Green Day’s iconic and career-defining album American Idiot, as well as several songs from their follow up release, 21st Century Breakdown. Boldly taking the American musical in a new direction, American Idiot captures not just the sound of a generation, but also the frustrations, fears, dreams and challenges of life in the media-saturated, post 9/11 era.

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Phoebe Panaretos will reprise the role of Whatsername in the Australian tour of American Idiot (Photo by Dylan Evans)

shake & stir theatre co.’s Executive Producer Nick Skubij is thrilled American Idiot is taking to the road: Green Day’s blisteringly hot, and surprisingly moving punk rock score aside, there are so many reasons why audiences, some first time theatre-goers, are going to love American Idiot. It is utterly contemporary, disarmingly relevant and features some of the country’s most loved rock and roll and musical theatre performers.”

American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends who are grappling with the decision to either challenge the status quo and break out of their aimless rut or to remain in the safe confines of their urban existence. Their quest for true meaning in a world full of violence and dissolution leads them on a journey of self-discovery, heartache and revelation.

Green Day’s high-octane musical channels the grungy spirit of punk rock while also plucking at the heartstrings.

 

AMERICAN IDIOT – NATIONAL TOUR DETAILS

SYDNEY

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

January 11 – January 14 2018

sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

 

ADELAIDE

Adelaide Festival Centre’s Her Majesty’s Theatre

January 19 – January 28 2018

bass.net.au or Ph: 131 246

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

 

PERTH

Crown Theatre

February 2 – February 11 2018

ticketmaster.com.au or Ph: 136 100

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 6 OCTOBER

 

MELBOURNE

Comedy Theatre

February 23 – March 11 2018

ticketmaster.com.au or Ph: 136 100

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

 

BRISBANE

Playhouse Theatre, QPAC

April 13 – April 21 2018

qpac.com.au or Ph: 136 246

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 9 OCTOBER

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