The Tony Awards have all been handed out, and the tuxedos and fancy gowns have all been put away for another year.
On Sunday in Manhattan, amid show tunes, high kicks, and gushing thank-you speeches, another show born at Berkeley Repertory Theatre was honored with theatre’s most prestigious and coveted prize: American Idiot, the thrilling musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning album that made its world premiere in Berkeley before bursting onto Broadway, nabbed two Tony Awards. Following a performance of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by the show’s cast (seen above) – and a shout-out to Oakland, CA paying tribute to their roots in the Bay Area – the beloved punk band kicked off the ceremony by rocking Radio City Music Hall with "Holiday" and "Know Your Enemy." (See a video of the performance below.)
Viewers of the national television broadcast – as well as artists, staff members, and volunteers from Berkeley Rep who joined the festivities in New York – saw Christine Jones from American Idiot accept the Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical. To make the evening even sweeter, Kevin Adams of American Idiot – who previously won two Tonys (and a nomination for his work on Berkeley Rep’s Passing Strange) – earned the Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical. This marks the fifth and sixth Tony Awards associated with Berkeley Rep.
“We could not be more proud,” said Artistic Director Tony Taccone, commenting from New York. “It is a tremendous honor to have two shows in the running in the same year – a play and a musical – and an extraordinary experience to see this work recognized by the Tony Awards. All of us at Berkeley Rep send our congratulations to Christine, Kevin, and all of our collaborators on American Idiot.
“At Berkeley Rep, we are committed to developing new plays – and we are lucky enough to have an adventurous and very smart audience. While our primary aim is always to create work that engages, entertains, and challenges our local audience, it also makes Berkeley a great place to launch new shows. So we’re pleased that the nation’s top artists choose to take artistic risks with us, and gratified that our work continues to travel on to wider praise.”
Though Kevin and Christine's awards weren't presented during the CBS broadcast, you can see their complete acceptance speeches here. Kevin even gives a holler to Fred Gefken and Stephanie Buchner of our electrics department. "Berkeley Rep is an amazing place to work," Kevin gushes. "Everyone there is so incredible." And Christine, in her enthusiastic, confetti-filled speech, declares that American Idiot director Michael Mayer is "the Jesus and Judy of Broadway."
Here are the cast of American Idiot and Green Day performances from the Tony Awards.
Unbelievable that this started out as just a song from Green Day, who by the way are one of the most talented music acts out there.
Very cool how this all came together and I congratulate the winners on their Tony Awards.
green day must be a lot smarter than they seem and take much better care of themselves...and of their skin i'm noticing