Green Day’s American Idiot bound for Broadway

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After a very successful run at the Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre in California, the musical adaptation of Green Day’s American Idiot album will make its way to Broadway in 2010.

The American Idiot musical will be directed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) and choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett (Blackwatch). The Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) is the music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger. The Broadway cast will be announced shortly.

According to producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, the production will begin previews on March 24 and then open on April 20 at the St. James Theatre in New York City. No ticket information has been made available yet.

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 band’s latest album 21st Century Breakdown.

“Experiencing American Idiot on stage in Berkeley was incredible,” said Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in a press release. “We have really enjoyed working with Michael, Steven, Tom and the cast. The energy and chemistry of the group is contagious. Michael Mayer was able to bring life to the characters of American Idiot and Tom Kitt’s musical arrangements are breathtaking. We’re so proud that the show is coming to Broadway!”

Mayer added, “Green Day’s iconic album is one of the most brutally honest, eloquent, and poetically theatrical responses to the post 9/11 world that I have encountered. I hear in these amazing songs the frustration and anger and dreams of a lost generation of Americans. Collaborating with Billie Joe and the band has been a mind-blowing thrill from day one.”

 

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