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Announcing American Idiot

posted by Terence Keane on Mon, Mar 30, 2009
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As if sending a show to Broadway and announcing three world premieres wasn't enough news for one month, today we went public with a top-secret project we've been working on:

GreenDayThis September, we're collaborating with the Grammy-winning band Green Day and Tony-winning director Michael Mayer to stage the world premiere of American Idiot!

There's so many reasons this kicks ass. The album rocks. The band grew up here. Michael changed the course of musicals with his production of Spring Awakening. And, once again, Berkeley Rep is responding to tough economic times by taking on a high-stakes project rather than just playing it safe. I love working here.

Here's what the folks involved in the project had to say when we announced:

  • From Billie Joe Armstrong, frontman for Green Day: “We are really excited to be working with Michael Mayer on this project. We’d been thinking of bringing American Idiot to the stage, but knew we needed to find the right partners. After meeting with Michael to discuss the possibility, he invited us to see Spring Awakening. We were so impressed with that production, as well as his vision for American Idiot, that we knew we’d found the perfect collaborator. Plus, doing it in our hometown at Berkeley Rep was an obvious bonus. They’re an amazing theatre group, very adventurous, and their willingness to take chances is in keeping with the spirit of the album. The end result will be terrific, and we’re really proud."
  • From Michael Mayer: "When I first heard American Idiot, I was struck by its innate theatricality. Here was a new musical drama begging to be staged. Who would have thought that one of the most brutally honest, eloquent, passionate, funny, and poetic theatrical responses to the post 9-11 world would be a Green Day record? The connection I felt to American Idiot surprised me. I knew and liked Green Day, but had no clue that I would ever feel so inside their songs. This work of passion and vision and fierce intelligence seemed to me like the heartbeat of a generation of Americans who were fed up. I hear in these amazing songs the articulation of their frustration, anger, longing for a better world -– a journey from apathy to action. Collaborating with Billie Joe and the band is a mind-blowing thrill, and I can’t wait to begin production at Berkeley Rep, the perfect home for making a new kind of musical event."
  • From Artistic Director Tony Taccone: "Green Day is a band that we’ve long admired here in Berkeley and championed as one of our own. American Idiot is an iconic album, and having the opportunity to bring it to the stage is a bit of a dream come true. To preserve the original intention of the album while creating a stage-worthy experience is a challenge that we relish, and bringing a director with the skill and experience of Michael Mayer into our theatre makes it that much sweeter."

For more info, or to buy tickets, go to our home page:

Green Day photo by Phil Mucci


Oh God! Saw a preview video on I would love to see it! Come to San Diego for a rest run please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Looks like a new Spring Awakening but modern and different topic.

justin | Fri, Sep 18, 2009

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