Thursday, June 10, 2010

Green Day's "American Idiot" Now on Broadway!

Any Green Day fans out there? If you are, then you've probably already heard that their latest album is now a smash hit on Broadway! It has already been nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Along with Green Day's signature great punk rock sounds, the musical also has exciting dancing with hip-hop, punk, and jazz styles.

How did the album become a Broadway show? Here's the story, from the show website.
Almost two years ago, in June of 2008, fueled by a passion for the story embedded in the album and possessed of a desire to unearth and expand upon it, acclaimed Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and Green Day began a collaboration to bring AMERICAN IDIOT to the stage. Mayer assembled an extraordinary team to join them: two-time Tony Award-winning composer and orchestrator of NEXT TO NORMAL Tom Kitt, Olivier Award-winning choreographer of the National Theater of Scotland's acclaimed BLACK WATCH Steven Hoggett, and Tony Award-winning actor and star of SPRING AWAKENING John Gallagher Jr.
Over the next 9 months, the project was developed in a series of workshops culminating in an invitation from California's Berkeley Repertory Theater to present the world premiere, just minutes from the famed Gilman Street concert venue where Green Day first came to prominence.
In September of 2009, with a 19 member cast led by Mr. Gallagher and an onstage band of 8, the first stage incarnation of "American Idiot" opened at Berkeley Rep. The sold out engagement was extended twice, breaking all box office records, and was enthusiastically praised by the critics. The New York Times proclaimed it "That rare creature, a true rock opera,", with "lushly melodic music, polished and precise direction", a "spectacular set", and "a vision of wasted youth that holds us in its grip". The San Francisco Chronicle called it "wildly entertaining."
Now this extraordinary piece comes to the St James Theater on Broadway.
 Check back later for more on the dancing in "American Idiot!"

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