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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Green Day Musical American Idiot Opening in CA

Filed under: Performing Arts — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 03:42

greenday21stcenturybreakdown.jpg¬†With only a week before Green Day takes the stage at Orlando’s Amway Arena for their Green Day Tour, a musical based on the band’s hit album American Idiot is taking shape.Tony Award-winning orchestrator and composer Tom Kitt, whose Next to Normal is playing Broadway, has joined the creative team of the new Green Day musical American Idiot, as music supervisor. On July 28, Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California announced the creative team for the September-October world premiere of American Idiot, inspired by Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning album of the same name and directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, who collaborated with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong on the project’s story.

Featuring the music of Green Day and the lyrics of Armstrong, American Idiot will feature the work of 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), as well as video designer Darrel Maloney. Berkeley Rep will present the show in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, the lead producers of Spring Awakening, Sept. 4-Oct. 11 at the Rep’s Roda Theatre. Two-time 2009 Kitt created string arrangements for the band’s latest album, “21st Century Breakdown.” In addition to music supervisor, he is American Idiot‘s arranger and orchestrator. (Courtesy, Playbill).

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