I’m a lucky guy. You probably know that Berkeley Rep is producing the the stage version of Green Day's platinum-selling American Idiot. Previews begin September 4. The Theatre is working closely with the band, its record companies (Warner Brothers Music and Reprise Records -- I’m still not sure how that works) to promote the show. The record hits stores on Friday, May 15; a world tour follows sometime after that. And before the band plays the big arenas, they play smaller gigs around the Bay Area to refine their show with the support of hometown crowds. So tonight Berkeley Rep’s PR director, Terence Keane, and I -- he with one of his friends, and me with my son Oliver -- went down to the Fox Theatre in Oakland to catch the show.
A few observations:
Two hours later, audiences were pouring onto Telegraph Avenue. All the buzz I heard was uniformly positive… except for the buzzing in my left ear.
Having listened to the band’s career-launching Dookie, and of course American Idiot, and now 21st Century Breakdown, I definitely understand why director Michael Mayer wants to transform Green Day’s album into a kick-ass stage show.
All of us at Berkeley Rep are tremendously excited to be working on their project, and we hope our enthusiasm catches fire with you, our audiences. You can reserve your seats for American Idiot now as part of any ticket package of three or more plays. If you really don’t want to commit to any show but American Idiot, you should sign up for email. You’ll be among the first to know when tickets go on sale this August.
Well, as far as video recordings concern, I'm satisfied with my iPhone. I just don't know but it does gave me satisfaction that none other than my other available phone is producing.
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