American Idiot nearly blew the lid off the St. James Theatre when it opened in New York Tuesday night. From Berkeley Rep to Broadway, and the reviews are amazing! Here are a few.
"Invigorating, moving, and thrilling! Performed with galvanizing intensity by a terrific cast, the emotional charge is as memorable as the music. A true rock opera!" — Charles Isherwood, New York Times
"It will electrify and overwhelm your senses! This adrenalized gut-punch of a musical holds you in its white-knuckle grasp." — David Cote, Time Out New York
"The first great musical of the 21st century!" — Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Times-Star
The cast recording was released Tuesday as well. Green Day appears on the album, and Billie Joe Armstrong sings alongside the actors you saw in Berkeley.
The Broadway opening, and the wild after-party at Roseland, attracted a host of celebrities. As Playbill reported, "Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump wound up under the same roof on opening night — without incident. Also: Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Rudd, Tony Kushner and Mark Harris, Edie Falco, T. R. Knight, Michael Urie, Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone, Zachary Quinto, Camryn Manheim, Tamara Tunie, John Cameron Mitchell, Steven Pasquale, Steve Van Zandt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ana Gasteyer, Marian Seldes, and Elizabeth Gilles." Not to mention Todd Almond, the creator of Berkeley Rep's latest rock musical, Girlfriend, which is having its world premiere right now on our Thrust Stage.
To top it all off, American Idiot received three nominations for the Drama League Awards Tuesday. The show was nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical, while John Gallagher, Jr. and Tony Vincent were both nominated for Distinguished Performance as well.
For tickets or more information, visit the official American Idiot website.
Above photo: Tony Vincent (left) and John Gallagher, Jr. in Green Day's American Idiot at Berkeley Rep. Photo courtesy of mellopix.com
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