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Green Day musical 'American Idiot' appears to be heading to Broadway

November 10, 2009 |  5:33 am


It always seemed inevitable that the Green Day musical "American Idiot" would end up on Broadway. Packed with Tony-winning talent and possessing a ready-made fan base, the high-profile production is a marketing slam-dunk with blockbuster potential.

Monday afternoon, the inevitable was confirmed. Producers of the show -- playing at Berkeley Repertory through Sunday -- have put out a casting notice in New York, and promoters said that "American Idiot" is indeed coming to Broadway, according to Playbill.

A spokesman confirmed to the website that the show has "a Broadway future" but did not specify an opening date or theater.

Berkeley Repertory did not immediately respond to Culture Monster's request for an interview.

"American Idiot" shares much of the same talent as 2006's "Spring Awakening": producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, director Michael Mayer and actor John Gallagher Jr. 

There's a possibility that "American Idiot" will land on Broadway during the current season, most likely in the late winter or spring 2010 in time for the Tony Awards.

In his review of the Berkeley Rep production, Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote that the musical is a "visually mesmerizing, dramatically sketchy production" that brings together "latter-day mainstream punk with cutting-edge musical theater craft."

He added: "If ['American Idiot'] doesn’t spin an entirely satisfying yarn, its roar is still irresistible, even when the object of protest remains elusive."

-- David Ng

Photo: a scene from "American Idiot" at Berkeley Repertory. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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Comments () | Archives (5)

I can't wait....heard so many great reviews. Finally we'll get to witness the phenomenon on the east coast!!

I think that it would be great for people to do a musical of 'American Idiot'. I am a huge fan of Green Day. I love their music, I've been listening to their music since I was 3 years old. (My mom listens to them). I will deffinetley try and see the show.

sounds perfectly .... idiotic - as far from here as possible, please

Can the first two comments be any more fake? I shouldn't be surprised as PR folks and their minions tend to be the most active commenters on these blogs.

Speaking of PR.....

Is this article a part of the marketing plan for the show? The review McNulty wrote was not at all flattering for the overall production. But David Ng pulls out a couple positive quotes at the tail end of his press release...ahem...article/blog post to close his fellate. Nice work again LA Times.

It's really too bad these guys are too partisan to see the truth, the truth needs their kind of passion. The only difference between the parties are their lies and propaganda. Both sides work for the banks and throw different spin at the same policies. Who just resigned the order to keep Gitmo open? Yeah... Sure there's a difference.


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