The newly formed Asbury Park Theater Company (APTCo) presents Green Day’s american idiot, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical as the company’s first production. The first weekend of performances took place July 1-3 and photographer John Posada was on hand to take pictures. The production returns July 8-10 with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m. at the Kingsley Theater located inside the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, 1401 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ.
In the play, Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrill of city life, their paths quickly separate when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called home to take care of family responsibilities and the Johnny’s attention is divided by a seductive love. interest and a new risky friendship. A rock opera full of energy, american idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on lyrics from Green Day’s breakthrough album to execute the storyline. american idiot is a high profile show with strong social messages.
green day american idiot features a cast of local actors and singers with the role of Johnny played by Jeremy Rotolo, the role of Will played by Luke Surretsky and the role of Tunny played by Connor Closs. Halle Ryan Lipton will star with Avery Gallagher, Janie Hornstien and Kim Trachtenberg. The set includes Grace Allison, Gavin Bailey, Shannah Dolan, Carina Duffy, Emily Gulden, Leah Krupnick, Nathaniel Paris, Luke Pearlberg, Courtney Ravelo, Frank Saverino, Connor Sheridan, Fiona Sheridan, Rose Taylor-Riley and Joey Walsh.
Talented rock singer, producer and local phenom Anthony D’Amato (aka Remember Jones) is the show’s production supervisor. “When they asked me to help them, I didn’t take long to decide that I wanted to be a part of it,” says D’Amato. “I’ve been in theater all my life and being a resident of Asbury Park, I wanted to be involved in this production. And who doesn’t love Green Day?
The show is choreographed by Serena Soffer who also resides in Asbury Park. His long list of credits goes beyond Broadway and includes choreography for the rock band Panic! At the disco and several national advertisements. She was also the assistant choreographer of the film rock of ages with Tom Cruise. Local artist and Sisters Academy art teacher Jason Sisino is the show’s set designer. The production manager and assistant manager are Antonio Johnson and Carina Duffy, respectively, residents of Asbury Park. Musical director Andrew Macirowski is also from the greater Asbury Park area.
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green day american idiot is big business, but worth the effort, according to Bob Angelini, APTCo’s CEO. “The decision to present this as our first show came from the idea that Asbury Park is such a great rock and roll town. We were a bit concerned about the size of the show, but we knew we could find the talent in this area to be successful,” says Angelini. “And when we saw that Green Day was headlining the Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park in September, it seemed like a good fit for an awesome summer event, so we all agreed to go.”
“It’s important to us to hire as many local professionals as possible for these positions,” says William Whitefield, APTCo.’s Production Artistic Director, who runs the show. “It’s truly amazing the talent that exists in our own backyard. I’m so confident that we can have our own professional theater company here in Asbury Park that will not only produce incredible theater but also produce some of the next creative from our drama school. And since education in the theater arts is a priority for our theater company, we are offering a handful of classes this summer that include a Broadway Showcase and Musical Theater Crash Courses.
After american idiotthe company will present Million Dollar Foursome in December. The Tony Award-winning musical details of the night Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins came together in a recording studio in Memphis on December 4, 1956, will span two weekends. The April 2023 season will be rounded out with a Broadway play and an HBO movie, American son in which an estranged bi-racial couple confront their feelings about race and prejudice after their son is detained by local police.
“After two years of reduced programming due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to finally produce real theatrical productions. We’re excited about the titles we’ve been able to source and are confident that these shows will be a perfect fit for Asbury Park. To be in such a beautiful space at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel for our first major production is a thrill. By welcoming us, the Berkeley helps us achieve our mission to bring professional theater and theater education to Asbury Park,” said Whitefield.
If your theater company would like John Posada to cover your plays, contact New Jersey Stage at [email protected] He took photos during live performances and dress rehearsals.
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