X Factor star Amelia Lily is returning to the North East to bring West End musical American Idiot to Wearside.
Sunderland Empire will host the Green Day musical on its first tour next May.
The show, which features the music of the punk rockers, is hitting the road after a critically-acclaimed West End run.
Middlesbrough-born Amelia Lily will be reprising the role of Whatsername.
The singer, who finished third in X Factor in 2011, said “I’m super excited to be coming back to the North East with American Idiot. I’ve always wanted to perform at the Sunderland Empire, I’ve seen many shows there in the past and can’t wait to perform there next year with such a cool show.
“It’s been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven’t had a chance to see it in London.”
American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world.
Its hit songs include Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday and title track American Idiot from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album.
Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release 21st Century Breakdown, and an unreleased love song, When It’s Time.
Following her stint on X Factor, Amelia’s debut single, You Bring Me Joy, was released in 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, while her follow-up singles Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got) and Party Over (both 2013) reached the top 20 and the top 40 respectively.
Amelia made her West End debut, earlier this year, in American Idiot the musical and previously starred as the Narrator in the UK tour of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
•American Idiot will be at Sunderland Empire from May 24-28. Tickets on sale now and are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland*
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