Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company is thrilled to announce that the regional premiere of the 2009 punk rock opera, “Green Day’s American Idiot” will be extending thru August 21 on the Cripe Stage at the Bette Aitken theater arts Center. Directed by James Michael McHale, choreographed by Miguel Cardenas, and with music direction by Gabrielle Maldonado, “Green Day’s American Idiot” has been selling out the intimate Chance Theater since previews started on July 15th.
In addition to sold-out audiences, the production has also been receiving a very positive critical response as well, including…
OCTG RECOMMENDED! – OC Theatre Guild
3.5/4 STARS! “delivers the proper punk snarl” – Orange County Register
RECOMMENDED! a powerhouse production – Stage Raw
WOW! “Must-see… Thrilling… A veritable feast for the eyes” – StageSceneLA
RECOMMENDED! “an adrenaline rush of a show” – Orange Curtain Review
5 out of 5 STARS! “thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought” – The Show Report
Joining director James Michael McHale on the design team for “Green Day’s American Idiot” are music director Gabrielle Maldonado (Chance debut), choreographer Miguel Cardenas (“The Secret Garden“, Chance Resident Artist), scenic designer Kristin Campbell (“Yellowman”), OC Theatre Guild Award-winning lighting designer Andrea Heilman (“Yellowman”), costume designer Bradley Allen Lock (“Fun Home”), sound designer Hunter Moody (“Edges“), Ovation Award-winning projection designer Nick Santiago (“Sweat“), and and stage manager Cynthia C. Espinoza (“Striking 12”).
The cast of “Green Day’s American Idiot” will feature a mix of newcomers and returning actors – Jared Machado (“Next to Normal”) will play Johnny, Eric Dobson (Chance debut) is Tunny, Christopher Diem (“James and The Giant Peach,” Chance Resident Artist) is Will, Erika Mireya Cruz (Chance debut) plays Whatsername, Angie Chavez (“Next to Normal”) is Heather, Dagmar Marshall-Michelson (Chance debut) will play St. Jimmy, Kristin O’Connell (“The Secret Garden”) plays Extraordinary Girl, and Jack Aitken, Sophia Barajas, and Wyatt Hatfield make their Chance debuts as the ensemble.
The executive producers for “Green Day’s American Idiot” are Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller. Bette & Wylie Aitken are producers for the entire 2022 Season and The Family of Mary Kay Fyda-Mar are the season’s associate producers.