After a successful run at the Berkely Repertory Theatre and a ton of speculation about its future, the Green Day-penned rock musical “American Idiot” will be coming to Broadway in the spring. The show will begin previews at Manhattan’s St. James Theatre (former home of the hit “The Producers” as well as the current home of the critically-acclaimed revival of “Finian’s Rainbow”) on March 24, with its official opening coming on April 20.
The show, which is directed by Michael Mayer (who won a Tony for his work on “Spring Awakening,” another musical with roots in rock), tells the loose story of love, loss and war first presented in the band’s breakthrough 2004 album American Idiot. It pulls together songs from that record as well as their 2009 opus 21st Century Breakdown and features a song the band have never released called “When It’s Time.”
“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,” Mayer said. “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.”
The original cast of the show has also recorded a special version of “21 Guns,” the hit single from 21st Century Breakdown, with Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong. They plan on shooting a video for it some time before the big opening.
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