It’s officially been announced that Green Day’s American Idiot is Broadway bound with previews beginning on March 24th and opening on an extremely auspicious day: National Pot Smoking Day, April 20, aka 420 Day. Not that Green Day planned it like that or anything, but, hey, y’know… why not?
Broadway.com and Playbill.com were both out of the gate with the announcement, with Greenday.com posting a press release a little later. More announcements regarding the show can be found at the Green Day Authority.
The theater will be the St. James Theater, already dubbed by some as “the St. Jimmy” theater. Casting for the show hasn’t been announced yet, though it’s more than likely the original cast will be heading to Broadway. The show will open in time for it to qualify for the Tony Awards, which will be televised on June 13, 2010 in New York. Let’s hope that it’s nominated for an award and if so, there hopefully will be an appearance by Green Day as well as the cast of American Idiot. The band has a touring break built into their schedule from June 12th-15th on their current Tour site. (Nice scheduling, boys!) Ticket sales haven’t been announced yet, either, so head on over to the new American Idiot on Broadway site to sign up for email updates for the show.
Lastly, I have to say, that while I had some issues with the show when I saw it, I am, as they say in Northern Cali, hella excited for this to go to Broadway. I think it’s going to be a smash hit, and I’m really happy and dare I say… proud… that Green Day, as well as the cast and crew, have pulled off a phenomenal feat for an amazing album. Congratulations!
AMERICAN IDIOT MOVES TO BROADWAY AFTER A RECORD-BREAKING
WORLD PREMIERE AT BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE
MUSIC BY MULTI GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING BAND GREEN DAY
LYRICS BY GREEN DAY’S BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
BOOK BY BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG & MICHAEL MAYER
DIRECTED BY TONY AWARD WINNER MICHAEL MAYER
PREVIEW PERFORMANCES BEGIN MARCH 24, 2010
OPENING NIGHT IS APRIL 20, 2010 AT THE ST. JAMES THEATRE
*Thanks to Nicole for the h/t on today’s show announcement and Rachel for reminding me about 420.