When the musical American Idiot rolls into town this weekend for shows at Playhouse Square on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it will be a homecoming concert of sorts for Clevelander Joshua Sebo. A Cleveland native who’s a graduate of Orange High School, Sebo, 24, plays bass in the house band. He’s come a long way since his grandmother gave him his first guitar at age 10 and he took private lessons for seven years.
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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Green Day’s “American Idiot,” the musical, has been called a rock opera for millennials who are still trying to find their place in the post 9/11 social and political landscapes.
With such lofty ambitions, “American Idiot” has drawn comparisons to another groundbreaking rock opera from the 1990s – “Rent.” And if there’s one person who can speak on the similarities between the two, it’s Casey O’Farrell.
The Los Angeles based actor and singer stars in “American Idiot” as Will, a young man struggling with depression and addiction as his girlfriend tells him she is pregnant. Prior to taking on the role of Will, O’Farrell starred in “Rent” as Roger, a struggling musician and ex drug addict stricken with HIV.
"I think the two musicals are similar emotionally," says O’Farrell. "The biggest difference is the generational gap. But I think "American Idiot" is that same emotional piece for this generation where Rent was that for a generation in the 1990s."
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Taylor Jones, 22, plays Tunny’s love interest, Extraordinary Girl. Jones, who is from California’s Bay Area, doesn’t have a degree or formal training, but she has been doing theater since she was 10. Speaking via phone from Pembroke, N.C., where the cast was performing Tuesday night, Jones said she sent in a video audition last year and got cast. The show went on tour in October.
Despite some long days on the road, Jones describes the opportunity as a dream come true.
“I get to sing and dance every night,” she said, “and that’s all I can really ask for.”
Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT will conduct a pre-show lottery at the box office, making a limited number of tickets available at $25 apiece; cash only. This lottery will be held prior to every performance.
• Entries will be accepted at the box office beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance • Each person will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided. • Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $25 each; cash only. • Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. • Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability.
Despite its title, Green Day’s American Idiot has international appeal and breaks cultural barriers.
“It’s such an American show, but it can still speak to the heart. Audiences still love it and are totally touched by it,” said Alison Morooney, the dance captain who has been with the show since July 2012 and toured with it in South Korea and Japan.
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Hendersonville native Turner Rouse Jr. may have left North Carolina as a musical theatre major, but after 400 shows with the “American Idiot” tour, he is returning a rock star.
Rouse Jr., who is 22, is serving in his second year as ensemble member with the touring production of the hit Broadway musical “American Idiot,” which is coming to the Givens Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on April 15.
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Jared Nepute, the boyishly handsome, 24-year-old actor who plays the lead role of Johnny in the touring version of “American Idiot,” had to get used to playing a mangy, eyeliner-wearing anti-hero.
"In typical musicals the lead character is a likable guy that’s just trying to figure his life out, but with Johnny, he’s kind of an a—hole," Nepute, a St. Louis native, says. "I try to be nice and try for people to like me so that was hard to deal with in the beginning but now I’ve really embraced it. You’re not supposed to like him or root for him but by the end of the show you are just because he has such a huge heart."
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