Natalie Bassingthwaighte to star as Saint Jimmy in American Idiot the Musical’s Gold Coast season

Matt Ward Entertainment barely had time to put away the high heels and sweep up the glitter in their production of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert before embarking on their next musical project. Something on the opposite end of the musical spectrum, albeit still within the loose confines of “Jukebox Musical”, Matt Ward Entertainment will be teaming up with HOTA: Home of the Arts to present American Idiot the Musical at the HOTA Outdoor Amphitheater from October 20-29, 2022.

At the first big casting announcement for American Idiot the MusicalAustralian star of stage, screen and music has been confirmed Natalie Bassingthwaighte will assume a leading role in this production, in the role of saint jimmy. This role has generally been performed by big names in other Australian productions, with Bassingthwaighte joining Sarah McLeod, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson. Auditions are still underway for other roles in the production and will be announced in due course.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte rose to fame as femme fatale Izzy Hoyland on Australian soap Neighbours, before topping the charts with hits like ‘Voodoo Child’ as the lead singer of electro-punk band Rogue Trader. Host of “So You Think You Can Dance”, actress of the hit series “Underbelly: The Golden Mile”, “X-Factor” judge and talent mentor. Now, Ms. Bassingthwaighte will return to her musical theater roots as Saint Jimmy for Green Day’s American Idiot Musical at HOTA this spring.

The musical made its Australian debut at the Queensland Performing Arts Center (QPAC) in February 2017, presented by the folks at Shake & Stir Theater Co, before kicking off its first Australian tour in 2018. This Matt Ward Entertainment production includes the direction and choreography. by Kelley Abbey.

American Idiot the Musical follows the story of three childhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post-9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with lyrics by its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and the book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer – including all the songs from their album american idiotwith several songs from their next album, The 21st century breakdown.

We are so grateful to have Natalie as an ally for American Idiot. As MWE evolves, we continue to push the boundaries to deliver unforgettable world-class experiences to our audience, create jobs that attract domestic talent, and work hard to secure star power; on this occasion, A-List celebrity Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

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