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Michael Mayer to Direct and Tom Kitt to Arrange Green Day’s American Idiot for the Stage

Okay, okay so they may not have announced plans to take the show to Broadway just yet, but I just have to share this one:

Berkley Repertory Theatre is premiering a stage adaptation of Green Day’s Grammy-winning multi-platinum album American Idiot. Yes – album concept to stage a la The Who’s Tommy. I personally adore this album and think it has the right tone for a musical, but who am I? Some blogger. True, it could fall on its face, but you might not think that when you hear who’s involved:

Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Triumph of Love) will direct. Tony Award-winning orchestrator and composer Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, 13, High Fidelity) will be arranging, orchestrating and music supervising. Others on the creative time include Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, Tony nominee Christine Jones (sets), two-time Tony winner Kevin Adams (lights), Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (costumes) and Obie Award winner Brian Ronan (sound). And it’s being co-produced by the people who brought Spring Awakening to Broadway. I’m jumping up and down and they haven’t even announced the cast yet!

I broke my own rule of only talking Broadway musicals to share this with you. Here’s hoping they don’t make a complete lier of me and actually take this one to Broadway!

EDITED 8/3/09

It just keeps getting better!

They just announced the cast for the Berkley Rep’s American Idiot and it’s just as fabulous as the creative team: John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Matt Caplan (Rent, South Pacific), Michael Esper (A Man for All Seasons), Mary Faber (Avenue Q), Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous and Tony Vincent! (Jesus Christ Superstar).

The rest of the ensemble includes Declan Bennet (Rent, London’s Taboo), Andrew Call (Cry-Baby, Glory Days, High Fidelity), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Miguel Cervantes (Happiness), Joshua Henry (In the Heights), Brian Charles Johnson (Spring Awakening), Chase Peacock, Theo Stockman (Hair), Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Morgan Weed and Libby Winters.

May need to make a trip to SF to see this show…

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  Shane wrote @

This will be a great show and I hope to get the chance to see it.

Keep up the reporting.

-Shane
Innocent: The Musical
& Reaction One

  vrigsbee wrote @

They just announced the cast and it’s just as fabulous as the creative team: John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Matt Caplan (Rent, South Pacific), Michael Esper (A Man for All Seasons), Mary Faber (Ave Q), Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous and Tony Vincent! (Jesus Christ Superstar).

I may need to make a trip to SF to see this show…


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