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“Visually and audibly invigorating” – American Idiot Wows Audiences in First Weekend


Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT opened on Nov 16th at UB’s Center for the Arts, Drama Stage. The high- energy performance left audiences invigorated and excited by an impressive set of high-energy routines, edgy costume, light and set design, and an extremely talented cast of UB Students. In its opening weekend, the production received a strong review from Buffalo Theatre Guide, in which reviewer Mary Best stated “the show is visually and audibly invigorating.” (source)

Photos by Gina Boccolucci

“…killer choreography performed by a strong ensemble.” – Buffalo Theatre Guide

The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre & Dance opened its production of Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT on Thursday, November 16. AMERICAN IDIOT is a gripping and gritty coming of age story told in the form of a dynamic rock opera. AMERICAN IDIOT follows the story three childhood friends, Johnny (Bobby MacDonell), Will (Joe Wood) and Tunny (Holden Bath), on a search for purpose in a post 9/11 world. From the suburbs to the city, the friends navigate their early twenties relying on the punk rock music of Green Day to express their experiences.

Best had this to say about the actors:

“MacDonell, Wood and Bath are a strong trio. MacDonell has some strong moments, especially during “When It’s Time” and when battling the demons of his addictions.  Bath is arguably the stronger actor, especially as his character experiences the costs of war, but Wood knocks it out of the park with a strong voice despite singing a chunk of his lines upside down on the couch.


William Hin plays St. Jimmy, Johnny’s manifested drug-dealing alter ego, and does so brilliantly. He’s wild, untamed and out of control, donning a mohawk, edgy makeup, and combat boots to fly around the stage and flawlessly belt out his songs.”


Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT features music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The show premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 before opening on Broadway in April 2010. In 2010, AMERICAN IDIOT won two Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Since then, the show has continued to play worldwide.

“Alexandra McArthur’s rich voice in the role of “Whatshername” is intoxicating…” – Buffalo Theatre Guide

Songs include Green Day’s hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award Winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

“La Rosa’s choreography is intense, high-energy and especially impressive…” – Buffalo Theatre Guide

This UB production, directed and choreographed by guest artist, Gary John LaRosa, features a live onstage band and include newly designed and executed sets, lights, and costumes. LaRosa has directed and choreographed nationwide, including the national tour of Footloose. He has directed Fiddler on the Roof and Peter Pan at The Muny in St. Louis, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor theatre, and numerous productions at the Sacramento Music Circus, including Hairspray and West Side Story. In New York City he has directed at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Zipper Theatre, Primary Stages, and at New York University. LaRosa has also worked in Hollywood, Las Vegas, and South Africa.

“Tatyna Wilds’ projection design is excellent against Gina Boccolucci’s set. Coupled with Hayden Harter’s lighting design and Nathan R. Matthews’ sharp music direction…” – Buffalo Theatre Guide

UB Theatre & Dance will continue it’s run of American Idiot after a short holiday break, you can still catch performances Nov 30th – Dec 3rd. Tickets are available here.

Photographer: Douglas Levere


7:30 PM: Nov 16 – 18, Nov 30 – Dec 2, 2017
2:00 PM: Nov 18 & 19, Dec 2 & 3, 2017


University at Buffalo
North Campus
Center for the Arts
Black Box Theatre



$20.00 General Public
$10.00 Student Admission

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Johnny Bobby MacDonell Declan          Matthew Rittler
Tunny Holden Bath Chase Rory Tamimie
Will Joe Wood Brian Kevin Cusi
St. Jimmy Will Hin Ben Joseph Isgar
Heather/Mary Taylor Burrows Andrew Kyle LeBlanc
Whatsername/Rebecca Alexandra McArthur Vincent Vincent Murphy
Extraordinary Girl/Christina Selina Iozzo Alysha Jill Anderson
Miguel Jordan Rosas Libby Kelsey Jessup
Theo                 Eric Sebastian Harris Samantha                           Samantha Nelson
Gerard Thomas Evans Leslie                                Hannah Keller
  Camille Camille Cappello