Monday, March 30, 2009

Punk Goes Theater: Berkeley Rep Takes Green Day's American Idiot to the Stage

By Nate Seltenrich
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Big news for Green Day fans and theater-goers alike: the Berkeley Repertory Theatre has announced it will present a world-premiere adaptation of Green Day's multi-platinum 2004 punk-rock opera American Idiot beginning on September 4. The play follows working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a conflicted world, and features both an onstage band (not Green Day, alas) and a cast of nineteen young performers. It features every song from the album, plus a few new ones from Green Day's upcoming release 21st Century Breakdown. All words were written by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and all music by the band itself. The book for the production was written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). Now let's see some tats and 'hawks in the Roda Theatre! Preview tickets are now on sale for September 4, 5, 9, 10, and 13, at $32 to $54 each.

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