Green Day Record "21 Guns" With "American Idiot" Musical Cast

November 20, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Before the American Idiot musical travels cross-country from Berkeley to Broadway, Green Day will shoot a video for a new version of the 21st Century Breakdown single "21 Guns" with the cast of the show, the band announced on their official Website. The band rerecorded the track with the stage performers, with Billie Joe Armstrong producing. The new version of the song is expected to hit radio and digital services by the end of November.

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After premiering on September 4th, the American Idiot musical was extended several times due to "record-breaking sales and unprecedented demand for seats" at California's Berkeley Rep. American Idiot went on to become the Rep's top-grossing show in its history. The curtain finally fell on the Idiot musical November 15th, but not before the show's producers and lead actor revealed plans to bring the musical from the band's native Berkeley to Broadway, Rolling Stone reported. "There is a Broadway future for the show, but at this time no dates or theater are confirmed," the show's spokesman Michael Hartman said.

Idiot director Michael Mayer, who won the Tony Award for Spring Awakening, will also hold the same role when the musical comes to the Great White Way. Actor John Gallagher Jr., who stars as the lead Johnny in American Idiot, will also remain with the show when it comes to the Big Apple.

Meet the cast of the American Idiot musical.

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