Bracing for an infusion of rock-and-roll, Broadway got a taste of new musical American Idiot at the Grammy’s Sunday night (Jan. 31), featuring the music of Green Day.
Based on Green Day’s album of the same name, the show’s cast joined up with frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and the band for a performance of “21 Guns,” a cut off 21st Century Breakdown.
Call it Jersey Boys for a younger urban set. Armstrong and Michael Mayer, who is also directing the musicial, are handling the book.
The musical will focus on three young male friends whose lives take decidedly different turns. It had a run last fall at Berkeley Repertory Theater, starring John Gallagher Jr., according to the The NYTimes.
The lead producers are the actor Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman, who also worked on Broadway’s Spring Awakening with Mayer.
Gallagher won a Tony for his role in Spring Awakening, but no word on whether he will be in American Idiot.
The show will move to the St. James Theater on Broadway this spring, in time to be eligible for the 2010 Tony Awards, according to Times. It is scheduled to begin preview performances on March 24 and open on April 20, according to the producers.
The show will focus on the themes of love, loss and war and includes songs from American Idiot as well as 21st Century Breakdown. It will also feature a never-released tune called “When It’s Time.”
“Michael Mayer is great; the cast is great,” Armstrong told MTV News last year. “They’re really passionate as artists. They put everything they possibly can into it. They’re not trying to make it big and Hollywood. They’re artists, and that’s the most inspiring thing.”
Mayer call Green Day’s iconic album “one of the most brutally honest, eloquent and poetically theatrical responses to the post-9/11 world” that he ahd ever encountered.
“I hear in these amazing songs the frustration and anger and dreams of a lost generation of Americans. Collaborating with Billie Joe and the band has been a mind-blowing thrill from day one,” he said in a January statement announcing the move to Broadway.