Producer Nick Skubj confided in the post-event do that production company, Shake and Stir, cogitated for two years as to whether Brisbane was ready for ‘American Idiot’. We won’t know for certain until the curtain drops on the QPAC season but if the opening night is any guide then the answer is ‘hell, yeah’.




American Idiot is the most exciting new rock-opera to appear on a Brisbane stage in over a decade. Shake and Stir’s launch into the big-time with this Australian premiere takes musical theatre on a blistering no-holds-barred journey that’s visceral and anarchic.



shake & stir know their audience. In an arts landscape that so easily slips into an ‘art-for-arts sake’ mentality, shake & stir have ferociously identified and developed an audience for their work, quickly expanding as one of Queensland’s most highly valued artistic exports.



Australian Music Legends Announced to Lead AMERICAN IDIOT

The wait is over! An explosive group of talented artists has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of Green Day‘s American Idiot, in The Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 23 February 2017.



Chris Cheney & Phil Jamieson Lead Aussie Cast For Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Musical

Revered musicians and frontmen Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson have been announced as the lead stars of the Australian cast of Green Day’s American Idiot musical, just weeks out from its premiere in Brisbane.



Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson cast in Green Day musical

The Living End and Grinspoon frontmen will share a role in American Idiot.
The Australian cast of the Green Day musical American Idiot has been announced today, with a couple of our country’s biggest rock stars leading the cast.




There’s a sentence-and-a-half for you.
Melbourne might be all a-flutter over the imminent arrival of ‘The Book of Mormon,’ but it’s not the only heavyweight musical set to hit our shores this summer.
Brisbane is copping it sweet from a debut Australian run of Green Day‘s sung-through musical ‘American Idiot,’ with the stage adaptation of the album of the same name hitting the QPAC from February 23rd.



Chris Cheney & Phil Jamieson Will Star In The Aussie Run Of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ Musical
The Living End’s Chris Cheney and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson have been announced as lead cast members in the upcoming Australian production of Green Day‘s musical American Idiot.



Cast announced for Australian premiere production of Green Day’s American Idiot musical

Rock stars and triple threats abound in the cast for Green Day’s American Idiot, the musical that took Broadway by storm. The Australian premiere season is exclusively at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 23 February 2017. And it’s going to be loud.



Green Day’s American Idiot The Musical will be exclusive to Brisbane

American Idiot, the rock musical based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, is finally making its way down under for its Australian premiere season at QPAC.



Green Day musical American Idiot to make Australian premiere in Brisbane

News landed today that American Idiot, the award-winning Broadway musical based on the 2004 Green Day concept album, will make its Australian debut at Brisbane’s QPAC in February 2017.  Craig Ilott (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Smoke and Mirrors) will direct and Lucas Newland (Velvet) is set to choreograph.




The wait is over! An explosive group of talented artists has been announced to star in the Australian premiere season of Green Day’s American Idiot, in the Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) from 23 February 2017.

Sharing the featured role of rebellious and charismatic St Jimmy will be two Australian music legends; Chris Cheney, guitarist and lead vocalist of Australian rock band The Living End, and Phil Jamieson, the enigmatic front man for alternative rock band Grinspoon.

A line up of talented Australian musical theatre performers will also join the 13 strong cast including Ben Bennett, Cameron MacDonald, Alex Jeans, Phoebe Panaretos, Rowena Vilar, and Ashleigh Barlow. They are all ready to melt the walls of the Playhouse, QPAC when this Tony® and Grammy® Award winning rock musical opens, exclusive to Brisbane, in just over a month’s time. 

American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. It features every song from Green Day’s iconic album American Idiot as well as several songs from their follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

The album, American Idiot, not only redefined Green Day as a band, but also gave a voice to a generation waiting for the opportunity to let their hair down, rock-out, and embrace their youth and individuality. The high-octane production captures not only the sound of the generation, but the frustrations, fears, dreams, and challenges of life in the media-saturated, post-9/11 era.

Nick Skubij, Producer, shake & stir theatre co said he is thrilled to announce the amazing line up of Australian artists secured for the national premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot. “We had over 600 people from across the nation audition for parts and believe we have on board a collection of the most authentic and talented performers. Who better to portray this electric story than actual rock stars themselves? We are stoked to have two iconic Australian band front men, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson, along with a hugely talented group of young musical theatre stars and an acclaimed creative team,” he said.

Chris Cheney is the founding mainstay guitarist, songwriter and lead vocalist of the band, The Living End, which was formed in 1994.

Cheney wrote the group’s top 20 hits on the ARIA Singles Chart Second Solution / Prisoner of Society (1997), All Torn Down (1999), Pictures in the Mirror (2000), Roll On (2001), One Said to the Other (2003), What’s on Your Radio (2005), Wake Up (2006) and White Noise (2008). At the 2009 APRA Awards, Cheney won ‘Song of the Year’ for White Noise, the single has been accredited platinum status in Australia.

Cheney has collaborated with an extraordinary array of national and international artists including Green Day – having performed with the group on stage in 2005 to play I Fought the Law.

Since forming at high school and busking the streets of Melbourne, The Living End has gone to number one, had four platinum plus albums, been awarded APRA’s Australian Song of the Year and scored six ARIA awards. They’ve played world tours, ute musters, every festival everywhere and, in 2012, a 35-night Retrospective Tour, performing their entire back catalogue in five cities – a feat that would make anyone murderous. The Living End have supported Green Day on numerous USA and Australian tours. Their 7th album SHIFT was released in 2016.

As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies were first etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single ‘Sickfest’.

The band played over one thousand live shows, had six consecutive Top 10 debuts, and multi-platinum album sales. An incredible 17 Grinspoon songs have polled in Hottest 100 countdowns over the years, led by the much-loved ‘Chemical Heart’ (#2 in 2002 and # 63 in 2013’s Hottest 100 of All Time.  Grinspoon remained together for over 18 years and in total the band received 13 ARIA Award nominations.

In 2009, Phil Jamieson and Chris Cheney joined with Josh Pyke and Tim Rogers (of You Am I) to perform The Beatles’ White Album in its entirety in celebration of that album’s 40th anniversary. In 2014, the four again performed the White Album on an Australian tour, with a 17-piece orchestra.

Rising star Ben Bennett will play Johnny, the main protagonist of the story. An accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and actor, he was born in the UK and migrated with his family to Townsville in Queensland. He then moved to Sydney having received a scholarship to attend The McDonald College of Performing Arts. In 2012, Ben appeared in The Voice Australia (Nine Network) and was in Delta Goodrem’s Top 6.

Ben has since been a finalist for the Rob Guest Endowment Awards and is the recipient of the Future Prospects Award. TV appearances have included, Home and Away (Seven Network), Random & Whacky (Ambience Entertainment) and Pyramid (Nine Network). He has performed in Carnival of Venice for Opera by Candlelight, Albert Hall Canberra and in 2016 he performed the National Anthem at the Rugby Union Grand Final Test Match in Sydney and made his feature film debut in the role of ‘Jay’ in Emo the Musical. Ben regularly gigs across Australia and the UK, where he has just recently recorded and released a new EP, The Wolf.

This super talented all-Australian cast is ready to rock out in the premiere season of Green Day’s American Idiot, exclusive to QPAC, Brisbane from 23 February 2017. Don’t miss this award winning rock musical as QPAC’s Playhouse is transformed into a grungy mosh pit. Tickets on sale now via or call 136 246.

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Inga Tracey, Publicity Manager QPAC phone (07) 3840 7984, mobile 0478 406 459 or email