Green Day won two Grammy Awards — Best Rock Album and Record of the Year — with its multi-platinum American Idiot, which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Today the band announced plans to bring that explosive album to the stage by collaborating with Michael Mayer, renowned director of Spring Awakening, which grabbed eight Tony Awards including Best Director and Best Musical in 2007. The new show — also titled American Idiot — will receive its world premiere right in the guys’ backyard at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the Tony-winning playhouse that launched last year’s provocative rock musical Passing Strange. Berkeley Rep will produce the show in association with Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman, the lead producers of Spring Awakening.
Mr. Mayer and Green Day, along with Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, recently completed a workshop of American Idiot in New York, which was also produced by Berkeley Rep. The show includes every song from the album, as well as several new songs from Green Day’s upcoming release, 21st Century Breakdown . American Idiot will run from September 4 through October 11, opening Berkeley Rep’s 2009/10 season in the state-of-the-art Roda Theatre. A limited number of seats go on sale today at berkeleyrep.org starting at only $32. Lower prices and prime performance dates are available as part of a subscription to Berkeley Rep’s bold season, which also features five other hot new shows.