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Green Day to give '21 Guns' a theatrical makeover

November 19, 2009 |  6:28 pm


Liked Green Day's "21 Guns" but thought it lacked a certain -- how shall we say? -- pizazz?

Then you are in luck, as Green Day will re-release the cut later this month with the cast of Berkeley Rep's "American Idiot." The musical, based on the 2004 Green Day album of the same name, made its debut in the Bay Area earlier this fall, where Times theater critic Charles McNulty found it more positive than negative, writing, " 'American Idiot' translates Green Day's generational angst into a moody theatrical fantasia. If it doesn't spin an entirely satisfying yarn, its roar is still irresistible."

An official release date wasn't given for the newly recorded single, but it will be made available for purchase at all major digital outlets. Green Day will perform this Sunday on the American Music Awards on ABC, and "American Idiot" just finished its run in Berkeley.

The next stop for the musical? Likely Broadway. 

Our sister blog Culture Monster reported earlier this month that a casting notice had been put out in New York, and the production could land on the East Coast in late winter or spring 2010, putting it in the running for the next Tony Awards."American Idiot" was directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony for his staging of “Spring Awakening."

"21 Guns" is taken from Green Day's more recent effort, "21st Century Breakdown." The Reprise album has sold 848,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its spring release. Giving the recent cut a theatrical makeover should also further help the album's and the song's Grammy ambitions.

The release is in the running for album of the year, and "21 Guns" also was submitted for consideration in the record and song of the year fields, according to Grammy 2010 ballots. Green Day, another FOG (friends of the Grammys), appeared on the telecast last season as presenters, and one can probably go ahead and book a massive production number surrounding the band's inevitable 2010 performance on the telecast.

-- Todd Martens


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Photo: Tony Vincent at "American Idiot" rehearsals. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times