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Green Day's 'American Idiot' to rock on for three additional weeks

September 4, 2009 | 11:32 am


Certainly one of the most anticipated stage musicals of the year, "American Idiot" at Berkeley Repertory Theatre will now run for three additional weeks beyond its scheduled closing date of Oct. 11, the theater company said.

The reason behind the extension is "record-breaking sales and unprecedented demand for seats," according to Berkeley Rep. The show, which begins preview performances today, is now set to close Nov. 1. Tickets for the additional performances go on sale to the public Tuesday.

"American Idiot" is adapted from the album of the same name by the pop band Green Day. It also features songs from the band's album "21st Century Breakdown." Directed by Michael Mayer ("Spring Awakening"), the show features a cast that includes Tony-winner John Gallagher Jr., Matt Caplan, Michael Esper and Tony Vincent.

The musical, which is co-conceived by Mayer and Billie Joe Armstrong, is officially set to open Sept. 16. 

Culture Monster previously reported that "American Idiot" will feature a live, onstage band -- but the members of Green Day will not perform on stage. The story involves group of working-class characters as they travel from the suburbs to the big city to the Middle East.

-- David Ng

Photo: a member of the band Green Day. Credit: Getty Images

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