After 445 performances to more than half a million people, American Idiot, the Green Day musical that premiered here at Berkeley Rep in September 2009, rocked its final Broadway performance last night, and our very own Managing Director Susan Medak was in attendance.
"The evening is ending with the band singing," she says in a message. "The old cast and the new cast were all up on stage in a total love fest and now it's just the band. Awesome."
Check out MeghanSmo's video of the curtain call on YouTube (also above).
Yep, even though Billie Joe performed the show twice that day, the band and cast did an encore sing-along of "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" and then Green Day offered up an hour-long concert of 10 songs. David Fricke of Rolling Stone provides a detailed report of the concert.
But it's not the end of the road for American Idiot -- it's just the beginning. The national tour kicks off from the Ahmanson Theatre in LA in March, and there's word that Universal is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights and hired Michael Mayer, who helmed the musical, as the director.
Susan wrapped up the final performance: "Such a gas of an evening. Loved seeing everyone. The original cast thinks of Berkeley as some kind of Valhalla."
Update, April 26: New tour dates have been announced -- it starts earlier than reported above. Here they are as of today:
Dec. 28-Jan. 15, 2012 Toronto, ON – Toronto Centre for the Arts
Jan. 17-22 Detroit, MI – Opera House
Jan. 24-29 Boston, MA – Opera House
Jan. 31-Feb. 5 Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 21-26 Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 28-29 State College, PA – Eisenhower Auditorium
March 2-4 St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
March 13-April 22 Los Angeles, CA – Ahmanson Theatre
April 24-29 Tempe, AZ – ASU Gammage
May 8-20 Dallas, TX – AT&T PAC
May 29-June 3 Costa Mesa, CA – Segerstrom Center
June 5-10 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre