American Idiot

American Idiot Cast members from the national tour of “American Idiot” are, front from left, Leslie McDonel, Gabrielle McClinton and Krystina Alabado; and back from left, Talia Aaron, Nicci Claspell and Jillian Mueller.

[Doug Hamilton]

In just three years, Krystina Alabado has performed in a national tour of “Spring Awakening” and made her Broadway debut in Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

Alabado, a 22-year-old Chandler native, never expected to be a professional actress this fast but is grateful for all of the opportunities. She’ll perform with the national tour of “American Idiot,” which stops Tuesday at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium.

“So many people spend their whole lives trying to achieve Broadway and these tours, so I’m thankful to be where I am today,” Alabado said.

“American Idiot” is a musical based on a concept album of the same name by Grammy Award winning rock band Green Day. The story revolves around three teenage boys and their lives, as they are forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Green Day’s catalog of hits in the musical include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track.

The show opened on Broadway in April 2010 and ran almost a year for 422 performances. The show won two of its three Tony Award nominations.

“It’s truly a rock opera and an amazing piece of art,” Alabado said. “Not only that, but it’s a story that I know everyone can relate to because it’s about life, and young people are experiencing it now and the older generation has gone through it already.”

During the last half of the run in New York, Alabado made her Broadway debut in the ensemble alongside Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, who portrayed one of the leads for a number of shows.

“Making my Broadway debut was unbelievable and everything that I could have asked for, then to do it with someone I’ve heard on the radio was nothing short of amazing,” Alabado said.

Then Alabado joined the national tour of “American Idiot.”

Before joining “American Idiot,” Alabado was in the ensemble and an understudy for the first national tour of “Spring Awakening.”

Shortly before that, Alabado had finished a year at ASU as a musical theater major before her career took off to the next level. She also worked at a number of community theaters in the Valley and made her professional debut at Phoenix Theatre.

At 19, she auditioned for the “Spring Awakening” tour, got the part and hasn’t looked back. Alabado has performed some work with Yale Repertory Theatre and also made her off-Broadway debut in a show as well.

But for now, she’s enjoying life on the road again in “American Idiot.”

“I love touring because there is never a dull moment, and I’ve met some of the coolest people,” she said. “I really do miss home though and try to get here at least one or two times a year and can’t wait to see my family once we stop in Tempe.”

Being on Broadway and in national tours has been hard work for Alabado, but she encourages aspiring actors and actresses to “keep at it.”

“It’s tough, but keep honing your craft and be ready for every audition,” she said. “I’m lucky how so many things worked out for me.”


What: “American Idiot,” the musical based on a concept album of the same name by rock band Green Day.

When: April 24-29.

Where: Gammage Auditorium, corner of Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard on the main campus of Arizona State University in Tempe.

Tickets: Tickets start at $23.50.

Information: (480) 965-3434 or

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