Thursday, 30 April 2015

Amelia Lily to star in American Idiot at the Arts Theatre

It has been confirmed that former X Factor finalist Amelia Lily will star as Whatshername in the West End premiere of American Idiot.

The musical is set to open at the Arts Theatre on 22nd July (previews from 17th July) for a limited run until 27th September 2015. Racky Plews will direct and choreograph the production.

American Idiot features music by Green Day with book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Sound is by Chris Whybrow with design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling.

Lily is currently playing the Narrator in the UK Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Lily reached The X Factor finals in 2011. She released the hit single 'You Bring Me Joy' and supported Girls Aloud on tour. She made a brief appearance in Shrek The Musical for Children in Need.

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a Broadway run in April 2010. It toured the UK in 2012. 

Musical numbers include 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams', '21 Guns', 'Wake Me Up When September Ends', 'Holiday' and the title track 'American Idiot' from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release 21st Century Breakdown, and an unreleased love song, 'When It’s Time'.

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