PHOTOS of “American Idiot” at Asbury Park Theater Company

MESSAGES | FEATURES | PREVIEW | EVENTS

By John Posada



Originally published: 07/04/2022

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

The newly formed Asbury Park Theater Company (APTCo) presents Green Day’s american idiot, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical as the company’s debut production. The first weekend of performances was July 1-3 and photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos. The production returns July 8-10 with shows Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Kingsley Theater at 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. As the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their ways quickly alienate as Tunny enlists in the armed forces, Will is called home to attend to family responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention is drawn by a seductive Love shared interest and a dangerous new friendship. An energetic rock opera, american idiot, contains little dialogue, instead relying on lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to carry out the plot. american idiot is a high-concept show with strong social messages.

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

green days 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 alongside Avery Gallagher, Janie Hornstien and Kim Trachtenberg. The cast 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 phenomenon Anthony D’Amato (a/k/a Remember Jones) serves as the show’s production supervisor. “When they asked me for help, I immediately decided I wanted to be there,” says D’Amato. “I’ve been in theater all my life and as I live in Asbury Park I wanted to be involved in this production. And who doesn’t love Green Day?”

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

The show is choreographed by Serena Soffer, who also resides at Asbury Park. Her long list of credits extends beyond Broadway and includes choreography for the rock band Panic! At the disco and several national commercials. She was also the assistant choreographer for the film rock of times with Tom Cruise. Sisters Academy resident artist and art teacher Jason Sisino is the show’s set designer. The production stage director and assistant stage director are Asbury Park residents Antonio Johnson and Carina Duffy, respectively. Music director Andrew Macirowski is also from the Asbury Park area.

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green days american idiot is a big undertaking, but according to Bob Angelini, Managing Director of APTCo, one that is well worth the effort. “The decision to present this as our first show came out of the idea that Asbury Park is such a big rock ‘n’ roll town. We were a bit worried about the size of the show, but knew we could find the talent in this area to pull it off,” says Angelini. “And when we saw that Green Day was headlining the Sea.Hear.Now Festival at Asbury Park in September, it seemed fitting for a great summer event, so we all just agreed.”

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

“It’s important to us to hire as many local professionals as possible for these positions,” said William Whitefield, APTCo.’s producing artistic director, who directs the show. “It’s truly amazing the talent that exists right in our own backyard. I am so confident that we can have our own professional theater company here in Asbury Park that will not only produce amazing theatre, but will produce some of the next theater makers at our School of Dramatic Arts. And because theater arts education is such a high priority for our theater group, we’re offering a handful of courses this summer, including a Broadway Showcase and musical theater intensives.”

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

To american idiotwill present the company Million Dollar Quartet In December. The Tony Award-winning musical, Details about the night Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins got together in a Memphis recording studio on December 4, 1956, will run over two weekends. The April 2023 season will conclude with a Broadway play and an HBO film. American son in which an estranged biracial couple confronts their feelings about race and prejudice after their son is arrested by local police.

“After two years of reduced programming due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to finally produce true theatrical productions. We are delighted with the titles we have been able to source and believe these shows will be a great fit for Asbury Park. It’s exciting to be in such a beautiful space at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel for our first major production. By hosting us at the Berkeley, it helps us fulfill our mission of bringing professional theater and theater education to Asbury Park,” said Whitefield.

Photos from "American Idiot"  at the Asbury Park Theater Company

If your theater company is interested in having John Posada cover your plays, contact New Jersey Stage at [email protected] He has taken photos during live performances and dress rehearsals.


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