Tuesday, March 31, 2009

I'd expect a stage production based on Queen, but this?

There has been a move to convert musical catalogs to the theatrical stage. Now you can obviously see the Who on stage, and I could imagine Queen on stage, and I guess I could imagine Abba and the Four Seasons on stage, but a few years ago I never would have dreamed that this would happen:

Green Day won two Grammys for its multi-platinum American Idiot, which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. Now the band plans to bring that explosive album to the stage with Michael Mayer, Tony Award-winning director of Spring Awakening. American Idiot follows working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration—an exhilarating journey borne along by Green Day’s electrifying songs. This high-octane show includes every song from the album, as well as several new songs from Green Day’s upcoming release, 21st Century Breakdown. With an onstage band and 19 young performers, American Idiot debuts at Berkeley Rep, the theatre that launched Passing Strange.

Please note: This is not a Green Day concert—this is the stage version of American Idiot developed by Green Day and Michael Mayer. Although the band will not appear on stage, the show will definitely rock.

H/T Stereogum.
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