Final casting was announced yesterday for the highly anticipated new musical American Idiot. Leading the cast are Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr., Tony nominee Stark Sands and Michael Esper. The show which is based on Green Day's American Idiot is set to begin previews at the St. James Theatre on March 24 with an official opening set for April 20. The show is being directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer who co-wrote the book with Green Day lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong.
Speculation on whether the show would open this season was enhanced by it's critical run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California last fall. The show which runs a mere 95 minutes is being hailed as one of the highlights of the 2009-2010 Broadway season. Here is a brief description of the show according to a production source.
"American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score. This high-octane show includes every song from the acclaimed album 'American Idiot,' as well as
several songs from the band's three-time Grammy- nominated new release,"21st Century Breakdown."
I myself am looking forward to seeing the show. The album is a personal favorite of mine and I really hope it does well. By the way tickets are set to go on sale on February 14. Get your tickets to see American Idiot on Broadway. Expect it to be a big Tony contender this Spring.
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