New York's Great White Way is about to turn a shade of green. According to Playbill, Green Day's American Idiot musical, which wraps up its San Francisco run on November 15th, will make the leap to Broadway. "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.
The intention to move the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's smash hit to New York was revealed November 9th, when a casting notice seeking performers for the Broadway staging of the show was made public. The notice gave no details as to when production on the Broadway American Idiot will begin, or what actors will carry over from the Berkeley Repertory run. The musical premiered in September and was eventually extended five additional weeks past its original run, making it the top-grossing show in the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's history, Playbill writes.
Actor John Gallagher Jr., who plays the lead role Johnny in Idiot, also confirmed the news when he tweeted, "The idiots are coming to New York! Just waiting on when and where." Gallagher didn't state whether he would be joining the cast out east, however. As Rolling Stone previously reported, the American Idiot musical was the brainchild of both Green Day and director Michael Mayer, who previously won a Tony Award for his work on Spring Awakening along with Idiot's producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman. Mayer will also serve as director of the Broadway run.
Between the American Idiot musical and U2's Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, 2010 is shaping up to be a rocking year on Broadway.
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