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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Life After Idiot: From Green Day to Green Pastures

By March 1st, most of the principal original cast members of Green Day's American Idiot will have departed the show.  But no sooner can your get out your guitar and start singing "Good Riddance," than most of them will be back onstage in new and different and exciting roles.  The sheer variety of projects they are undertaking, I think, speaks volumes for the breadth of their individual talents.






Here's a look at those who have gone already and those preparing to move on shortly:

Michael Esper (Will)
Departs Idiot: February 27, 2011
Moving on to: Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, directed by Michael Greif at the Public Theater.  Stephen Spinella and Steven Pasquale co-star with Esper.
To be succeeded by: Justin Guarini

Esper (right) rehearses with Stephen Spinella

Mary Faber (Heather)
Departed Idiot: December 12, 2010
Moving on to: The 50th anniversary production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, as Smitty, the been-there-done-that secretary with a penchant for matchmaking.  Directed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.
Succeeded by: Jeanna de Waal

Mary Faber

John Gallagher, Jr. (Johnny)
Departs Idiot: February 27, 2011
Moving on to: Co-starring with Tony winner Mark Rylance in Jerusalem, the acclaimed London play which will transfer to Broadway this spring for a limited engagement.
To be succeeded by: Van Hughes

Promo art for Jerusalem, starring Mark Rylance

Joshua Henry (Favorite Son)
Departed Idiot: July 18, 2010
Moved on to: Henry led the cast of the short lived, but acclaimed musical The Scottsboro Boys.
Succeeded by: Wallace Smith and Miguel Cervantes

Joshua Henry (center) in The Scottsboro Boys

Christina Sajous (Extraordinary Girl)
Departs Idiot: February 27, 2011
Moving on to: Playing one of the Shirelles in Baby, It's You! just across the street at the Broadhurst.
To be succeeded by: Libby Winters

Christina Sajous (2nd from right) in Baby, It's You!

Tony Vincent (St. Jimmy)
Departed Idiot: December 30, 2010
Moved on to: Promoting his recording career.  This Thursday, February 24, 2011, his image will be on postage stamps for the United Kingdom.  The stamp on which he appears commemorates the production We Will Rock You as part of an 8 stamp series celebrating British musicals.  He starred in that show's West End premiere, as well as the Las Vegas production.
Succeeded by: Billie Joe Armstrong, Melissa Etheridge, Andrew C. Call, and now permanently by Davey Havok.

Tony Vincent from the front and the back!

Both Stark Sands (Tunny) and Rebecca Naomi Jones (Whatsername) will remain with the production.  Original cast members Van Hughes (Johnny) and Libby Winters (Extraordinary Girl) will have both moved up into larger roles, effective March 1, 2011.

Rebecca Naomi Jones with John Gallagher, Jr. and Tony Vincent

Soon, casting for the First National Tour will begin.

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Jeff
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TRIVIA QUESTION #5:
Which two Pulitzer Prize-winning musicals have to do with American politics?

A.  South Pacific
B.  Fiorello!
C.  next to normal
D.  Sunday in the Park with George
E.  Of Thee I Sing 

There will be TWO answers to this question and you will need BOTH on your entry.


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2 comments:

  1. Favorite Son replacement, Wallace Smith is also leaving. March 13, 2011 to join the cast of "White Noise". Joshua Henry will come back to reprise his role as FS for six weeks. :)

    Also, Aspen Vincent, wife of Tony Vincent and swing/Extraordinary Girl understudy will join the cast of "Sleeping Beauty Awakes" and will depart AI on March 20.

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  2. Hey, Chaos!

    Thanks for reading, and especially for the update on AI cast members! It is really cool to hear about Joshua Henry's return.

    Jeff

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