Friday, September 18, 2009

Green Day gets green light for Broadway?

Green Day has followed up this year's *21st-Century Breakdown* with a musical based on their 2004 release, *American Idiot,* overseen by the creative team of *Spring Awakening.* Tony Taccone and the Berkeley Rep have already sent *Passing Strange* over to the East Coast, so the story of "three aimless" youths (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool?) doing sex, drugs and the military, fitted out with 21 songs from the album, may have a good chance of showing up on what *Variety* calls the Rialto. (Imagine a blend of the Ramones and Stephen Sondheim?)

[album cover: Green Day's *American Idiot,* 2004, from Wikipedia]

added on Oct. 9: a review of the Berkeley Rep production

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