Monday, February 22, 2010

American Idiot Now On Sale

Now I don't know about the rest of you but I am really looking forward to this show. American Idiot, which is based on the Grammy Award winning album by Green Day is set to begin previews at Broadway's St. James Theatre on March 24 with opening night set for April 20. The show first premiered last fall at the Berkeley Repertory Theater where it received critical acclaim prompting the show to move to Broadway this season in time for Tony consideration.

Now while the show is sure to have a very large fan base due to the world wide popularity of Green Day I'm not sure how the rest of the theater going public will receive the show. Rent was and is my favorite show of all time. When it first opened I don't think anyone expected it to be as popular or as mainstream as it did. The last rock musical to open on Broadway was Spring Awaking which enjoyed a two year run on Broadway and went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical.

Coincidentally that show was also directed by Michael Mayer who won a Tony for his work. Will lighting strike twice? I hope so. Personally I am rooting for the show and if successful I hope it will encourage more musicians like Greene Day to try their luck on the Great White Way. Until next time theatre fans.

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