'American Idiot' comes to life
Musical based on Green Day album premieres in Berkeley
Green Day is bringing "American Idiot" to the stage. The album, a political song cycle that won Grammy Awards for best rock album and record of the year, will open as a stage play Sept. 4 at the Berkeley (Calif.) Repertory Theatre. No doubt a Broadway run is the ultimate thought here.
In addition to the great music, the production is surrounded with top names: Green Day is collaborating with "Spring Awakening" director Michael Mayer on the play. "Spring Awakening," also written by a rock musician- Duncan Sheik- won eight Tony Awards. Additionally, two producers from "Spring Awakening," Tom Hulce (of "Animal House" and "Amadeus" fame) and Ira Pittleman.
The play includes all the songs from "American Idiot" and several from the band's new album, "21st Century Breakdown" (out May 15) The story follows the album's characters in a post-9/11 world as they journey from home to the Middle East and their trials and tribulations.
Tickets are priced as low as $32.
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