Green Day’s American Idiot musical set for Boston

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After a year-long stint on Broadway, the musical production of Green Day’s American Idiot will tour across the United States in 2012. It will make its way to Massachusetts in January. Performances will take place at Boston’s Opera House from Tuesday, January 24 through Sunday, January 29 with extra matinee performances scheduled for the weekend. Tickets for the shows, which range in price $30 to $100, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

Based on the Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, the American Idiot musical follows “working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration.” The musical contains every song from the album, as well as several songs from Green Day’s latest album, 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown.

After a successful run at the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre in California, the American Idiot musical made its way to Broadway in 2010. The musical was directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett (Blackwatch). The Broadway cast will be announced shortly.

American Idiot was nominated for the 2010 Tony as Best Musical and won two Tonys for its scenic and lighting design. It also won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, plus a Drama Desk Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Casting for the tour has not been announced.

In related news, the musical will be adapted into a feature film. Armstrong will reportedly star as St. Jimmy in the film, which has a 2013 release date planned by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions.

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