Green Day's American Idiot becomes a musical
Green Day fans, get ready to dookie yourselves. The band's multi-platinum selling album American Idiot is going to be made into a musical, and a "respectable" one at that, apparently. Spring Awakening/Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer will helm the project, set for a one-month run in the band's old stomping grounds, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Said frontman Billie Joe Armstrong in a statement about the stage incarnation of the album that redefined the trio: "We'd been thinking of bringing American Idiot to
the stage, but knew we needed to find the right partners. After meeting
with Michael [Mayer] to discuss the possibility, he invited us to see Spring Awakening. We were so impressed with that production, as well as his vision for American Idiot,
that we knew we'd found the perfect collaborator. Plus, doing it in our
hometown at Berkeley Rep was an obvious bonus. They're an amazing
theatre group, very adventurous, and their willingness to take chances
is in keeping with the spirit of the album. The end result will be
terrific, and we're really proud."
The musical will feature every song on Idiot, plus some of the new tracks from the forthcoming album, 21st Century Breakdown. It will run from Sept. 4 to Oct. 11 with tickets starting at $32.
On one hand, if "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" made you feel rotten all the way down to your punk-rock core, this will push you over the edge. On the other hand, this move may further position Green Day as the rockier doppelganger to Coldplay, each band likely filling arenas for years to come. In any event, Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool have found a new way to keep their material viable in these tricky times.
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