It was a big week for Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway, what with the first previews and the eager audiences blowing the roof of the St. James Theatre.
To top things off, there was also news that Tom Hanks' Playtone movie production company is expressing some serious interest in turning the musical into a movie.
Here's what Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong told the Wall Street Journal: “It’s like, writing the song ‘American Idiot,’ and then next thing you know Tom Hanks is talking about it — it’s kind of mind-blowing."
Of course it's premature to say for sure that we'll be seeing the show on the silver screen, but the mind boggles at the thought, right?
In other Idiot news, Playbill reports that the original cast album — slated for a spring release but no exact date just yet — will feature a bonus track by none other than Green Day.
In case that's not enough to satisfy you, here's footage of the opening number, "American Idiot," filmed March 23, just prior to the start of previews. The number is followed by an onstage interview with director Michael Mayer and with Billie Joe Armstrong.
Above photo: (from left) Michael Esper is Will; John Gallagher, Jr. is Johnny; and Stark Sands is Tunny in the Broadway production of American Idiot.
Thanks for the video. I will check it out.
What an interesting concept, Green DAY on Broadway...Thanks for the video and laughs
Tom Hanks and GARY GOETZMAN are probally gonna produce it. They want to, and might direct it to. They think it'll come out in 2013. It hasn't been cast, and i think they are in the process of talking with Green Day.
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