Green Day's American Idiot to Become Stage Musical

Green Day's American Idiot to Become Stage Musical


'80s and '90s movies like Heathers, Ghost and Sleepless in Seattle aren't the only things to be reworked for the stage these days — a musical version of Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot will open the 2009-10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Here's more:

Michael Mayer, who picked up a 2007 Tony for his direction of Spring Awakening, will helm American Idiot. Mayer co-writes the book with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who conceived the punk-opera album and wrote most of the lyrics.

A nihilistic coming-of-age story drenched in post-9/11 paranoia, American Idiot follows disaffected contemporary American Everykid Jesus of Suburbia as he morphs into violent, drug-dealing alter-ego St. Jimmy and falls for anarchist girlfriend Whatsername.

The album has been compared to the Who's Tommy, which also became a stage musical, so I think I could see American Idiot working onstage. And apparently during this same season the Berkeley Rep is putting up another new rock-inspired musical, Girlfriend, based on Matthew Sweet's 1991 album.

Could you picture an American Idiot musical? Would you check it out?

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