The stage musical version of Green Day's American Idiot will begin its run at Broadway's St. James Theatre starting with preview performances on March 24th, the producers of the musical announced today. As Rolling Stone previously reported, American Idiot — directed by Spring Awakening's Michael Mayer and featuring songs culled from Green Day's Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown — enjoyed eight sold-out weeks at the Berkeley Rep in California before announcing plans to cross coasts to Broadway in 2010. The show's official New York opening night is April 20th.
"Experiencing American Idiot onstage in Berkeley was incredible," Green Day's guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said in a statement. "Michael Mayer was able to bring life to the characters of American Idiot, and Tom Kitt's musical arrangements are breathtaking. We're so proud that the show is coming to Broadway!" The show's Broadway cast will officially be announced shortly, but actor John Gallagher Jr. is rumored to be reprising the lead role of Johnny on the Great White Way.
No ticket information has yet been announced, so sign up on the American Idiot on Broadway Website to be kept in the loop. The American Idiot musical essentially broke every record in Berkeley Rep history, selling out its initial run before its September 4th preview shows even began. Following the last Berkeley performance on November 15th, as Rolling Stone previously reported, Green Day and the cast of AI hit the studio to re-record the 21st Century Breakdown track "21 Guns." Green Day's American Idiot was recently voted by Rolling Stone's panel of artists and experts as one of the best albums of the decade.
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