MUSIC – GREEN DAY
GREEN DAY vocalist/guitarist BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG bassist MIKE DIRNT, and drummer TRÉ COOL – were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Even though they had released two records prior (1039 / Smoothed Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that sold 15 million copies and earned the band its first Grammy® Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album), and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. In 2009, Green Day released 21st Century Breakdown, which won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Rock Album. It spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” which was the first song ever to top Billboard’s Rock, Alternative, and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously, and the double-platinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist. Later that year, Green Day collaborated with Tony Award winning director of Spring Awakening, Michael Mayer, for the stage musical of American Idiot. The play bowed at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 and set attendance records during its limited engagement. The play went on to Broadway and ran for a year at the St. James Theatre and won two Tony Awards Green Day’s highly anticipated album trilogy kicked off with the release of Green Day ¡Uno!, (September 25, 2012) followed by Green Day ¡Dos! (November 13th), and Green Day ¡Tré! (December 11th). The band recently completed the Soundwave Festival in Australia. For more info visit greenday.com
LYRICS – BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG, frontman of the rock band Green Day, came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley. Green Day’s albums include 1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours; Kerplunk; 1994’s Dookie, which sold 15 million copies and garnered their first Grammy (and inspired a raft of imitators); Insomniac; Nimrod; Warning; 2004’s landmark American Idiot, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, and earned seven Grammy nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album); 21st Century Breakdown (Grammy Award, Best Rock Album); and 2012’s consecutively released ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré! (as well as the behind the scenes DVD,¡Cuatro!). Last year, Armstrong and Norah Jones released Foreverly, a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ 1958 Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. The Tony and Grammy winning musical American Idiot, featuring lyrics by Armstrong, music by Green Day, and a book written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, opened on Broadway in 2010. Throughout its run, he made cameo appearances in the role of St. Jimmy. The recent documentary, Broadway Idiot, chronicles his road to the Great White Way. Armstrong also composed the music for These Paper Bullets currently being staged at the Yale Repertory Theatre. His other film and TV credits include This is 40, Nurse Jackie, and the the newly released feature film, Like Sunday, Like Rain. greenday.com
DIRECTOR – CRAIG ILOTT
Craig Ilott is an award-winning Australian theatre director. A graduate of QUT and NIDA he started his career in Sydney’s independent theatre industry, founding his own company, Albedo Theatre, which created a number of award-winning productions including The Decameron, Dealer’s Choice and Edmond.
In 2006 Craig won a Green Room Award – Best Direction of a Musical, for the Australian production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also awarded Best Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards. He went on to direct Love Song for Melbourne Theatre Company, The Pig Iron People for Sydney Theatre Company and The Pillowman for Company B Belvoir, which was nominated for six Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director and Best Production.
In 2010 he was commissioned by Sydney Festival and Spiegeltent International to create Smoke & Mirrors. The production had sell-out seasons at two Sydney Festivals, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Auckland Festival. Smoke & Mirrors went on to win three Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work.
In 2012 Craig directed the highly acclaimed production of La Clique Royale for The Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival and was appointed Creative Director for Pacha Sydney @ The Ivy, the flagship Merivale Group venue, directing site specific performance and entertainment. He also co-founded Lunar Hare Productions, a company dedicated to the creation of new work. One of these works B-Girl has just had its World Premiere at the Sydney Opera House.
Recent credits include Velvet for Organised Pandemonium at Edinburgh, Brisbane and Adelaide Festivals (which won BankSA Pick of the Fringe Award), Diamonds are for Trevor for Arts Centre Melbourne, La Boheme for Opera Queensland, Band of Magicians for the Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival and a tour to New Zealand, Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead for the Sydney Opera House and Effie the Virgin Bride starring Mary Coustas for Frontier Touring in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Craig is next taking Band of Magicians to Las Vegas, Velvet has gone on to tour the rest of Australia and will continue into 2017, and Effie the Virgin Bride will tour to Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.
CHOREOGRAPHER – LUCAS NEWLAND
Lucas Newland is a Sydney based choreographer, creative director and owner of Australia’s leading performing arts centre, Brent Street.
He most recently choreographed the global 5-star hit disco show, “Velvet”, featuring Marcia Hines, which played sold out seasons in Edinburgh, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Lucas has also collaborated with Australian Director Wayne Harrison, as choreographer, on Australian theatre productions, including Love Loss and What I Wore and Biddies. His work with Wayne continued with the critically acclaimed Las Vegas hit show, Vegas Nocturne – Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, and multi award winning Absinthe for Spiegalworld at Caesar’s Palace – voted “Best Show In Vegas” for 4 consecutive years.
His talent for choreography across multiple genres has seen his work on various prime time television commercials, live shows and events including Kmart’s Summer 2016 campaign, EziBuy, Live to Dance for Fox 8, Louie Spence’s Showbusiness for Arena TV, Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Australia’s Got Talent, Big Brother, Master Chef, Celebrity Apprentice and Australia’s Next Top Model starring Jennifer Hawkins.