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The cast members of 9 Works Theatrical’s “American Idiot”

‘American Idiot’: Where the best of Filipino rock music and theatre converge

The cast members of 9 Works Theatrical’s “American Idiot”
The cast members of 9 Works Theatrical’s “American Idiot”

 

9 Works Theatrical and Globe Telecom are proud to bring the best of Filipino rock music and musical theater together on stage to bring to life the Tony award winning rock opera “American Idiot,” a musical featuring music by Grammy Award winning band Green Day.

 

This production will set the stage to introduce the dynamic and innovative space that is the Globe Iconic Store as a theatrical and entertainment venue with unlimited possibilities.

 

“American Idiot” follows the story of three friends stuck in suburbia, disillusioned and disenchanted with the world. They decide to take a trip through post 9/11 America and instead, face the harsh realities of life after war.

 

The play is sung-through, much like an opera, using the music of rock giants, Green Day to tell the story. With its themes of youth in revolt and the songs written from a rock perspective, 9 Works Theatrical decided to position rock stars alongside theater veterans to properly embody this story.

 

Leading the cast are Jason Fernandez (as Johnny), Miggy Chavez (as Will) and Nel Gomez (as Tunny).

 

Jason Fernandez was the lead vocalist of Rivermaya from 2007 to 2011, and the Season 2 Finalist for “The Voice”.

 

He recently released a solo album and has appeared in television shows like “ASAP20,” “Doble Kara” and “Maalaala Mo Kaya”.

 

Miggy Chavez is the lead singer of Chicosci and had his film debut in the movie “Segunda Mano.”

 

Nel Gomez has nine years of experience as a professional actor with 18 productions under his belt, including 9 Works Theatrical’s award-winning production of “Grease,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “Romeo & Juliet,” among others.

 

Basti Artadi (right) of Wolfgang with Jason Fernandez (formerly of Rivermaya).
Basti Artadi (right) of Wolfgang with Jason Fernandez (formerly of Rivermaya).

Popular rock vocalist Basti Artadi of Wolfgang also joins the cast as the sinister St. Jimmy, while two-time Aliw award nominee for Best Actress in a musical, Yanah Laurel, will play Whatsername, a mysterious woman who captures the imagination of Johnny.

 

Playing Will’s girlfriend Heather is Alex Godinez, who has spent six years as a working actor in Hollywood and whose Philippine theater resume includes High School Musical and 9WT’s Grease. Playing the role of Extraordinary Girl is Ela Lisondra, a Disney Paris, Disney Hong Kong, and Miss Saigon alumnus, who won the 2013 World Championship in the World Salsa Championship.

 

Rounding up the cast are Norby David (former Rivermaya lead vocalist), Kai Atienza (GMA 7 artist), Ariel Reonal (seasoned thespian, Hong Kong “Disney” and “Miss Saigon” alumnus), Gian Gloria (Euro Pop Berliner Perle finalist, “Marco Polo” musical), Mako Alonso (“La Cage aux Folles,” “Rivalry”), Sarah Facuri (“Grease”, “No Filter”), Chesko Rodriguez (“La Cage aux Folles,” Universal Studios Singapore), Shalee Vicencio (Disney’s “Camp Rock,” “Alice in Wonderland”), Mark Tayag (“Rent”, “The Wedding Singer”, “Grease”) and Kendrick Ibasco (“Pinocchio”, “Rivalry”).

 

“American Idiot” is directed by Robbie Guevara, together with Sab Jose as assistant director, Daniel Bartolome as musical director for instrumentation, Onyl Torres as musical director for vocals, PJ Rebullida as choreographer, Mio Infante as scenographer, GA Fallarme as video and projection designer, Mickey Hirai as costume designer and stylist, Martin Esteva as lighting designer, Myrene Santos as hair and makeup designer, Dong Calingacion as technical director, Philleep Masaquel and Randy Salvador as technical supervisors, JC Inocian as photographer and Maine Manalansan as graphic and creative manager.

 

Heading the production team are executive producers Santi Santamaria (9 Works Theatrical) and Joe Caliro (Globe Telecom), Globe Gen 3 Head Leah De Guzman, Globe Gen 3 Director for Events & Production Denise Seva, with 9 Works Theatrical’s Anna Santamaria as company manager, Toff de Venecia as PR director, Jonjon Martin and Issa Tuason as PR managers, GM Hernandez as marketing manager, and Arma Bonilla as stage manager.

 

“American Idiot” will be shown on June 24, 25, 26, July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10  at 8 pm, at Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

 

To stay updated on the ticket availability, just contact 586.7105, 0917.554.5560, Ticketworld at 891.9999, email [email protected], or visit www.globe.com.ph/American-Idiot.

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“American Idiot” is brought to you by 9 Works Theatrical & Globe Telecom, presented by MasterCard, co-presented by FOX, StarWorld, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City, with LG, MAC Cosmetics as the official makeup sponsor, Jing Monis Salon as official salon with Wella Professionals, Preview & Stylebible.ph, Pulp Magazine and Spot.ph.

 

“American Idiot” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). TVJ