Seen in a hit, extended world-premiere engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theater in fall 2009, American Idiot (representing subsequent tweaks and revisions by the creative team) will begin previews at the St. James Theatre March 24 toward an opening of April 20. For ticket information, visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.
Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr., Tony nominee Stark Sands and Michael Esper are among cast members of American Idiot, a 95-minute pulse-taking of American young adults. Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) co-wrote the book with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. Music and lyrics are by Green Day (Tré Cool, Armstrong and Mike Dirnt).
The lead producers are Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman.
Here's how the producers describe the experience: "American Idiot follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score."
The show includes every song from the acclaimed album "American Idiot," as well as several songs from the band's Grammy Award-winning Rock Album of the Year "21st Century Breakdown." The latter album was nominated in the 2010 Grammy categories of Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Album.
Members of the Broadway troupe appeared (with Green Day) at the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards ceremony, singing a version of the Grammy-nominated song "21 Guns."
Green Day won two Grammy Awards for the groundbreaking rock-opera album "American Idiot," which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.
Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening) will star as Johnny with Sands (Journey's End) as Tunny, Esper (A Man For All Seasons) as Will, Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange) as Whatshername, Christina Sajous (The Wild Party) as The Extraordinary Girl, Mary Faber (Avenue Q) as Heather and Tony Vincent (Jesus Christ Superstar) as St. Jimmy.
The cast also features Declan Bennett (Rent), Andrew Call (Cry-Baby), Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening), Miguel Cervantes (…Spelling Bee), Joshua Henry (In the Heights), Van Hughes (Hairspray), Brian Charles Johnson (Spring Awakening), Joshua Kobak (Rent), Lorin Latarro (Movin' Out), Omar Lopez-Cepero (North American tour of Evita), Leslie McDonel (Hairspray), Chase Peacock (High School Musical), Theo Stockman (Hair), Ben Thompson (Cyrano with Placido Domingo), Alysha Umphress (bare), Aspen Vincent (Dirty Dancing) and Libby Winters (White Noise).
Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California staged the world premiere of American Idiot in fall 2009. Much of that cast continues with the Broadway transfer. Sands, who recently played Clyde in the Frank Wildhorn musical Bonnie and Clyde at La Jolla Playhouse, is a notable newcomer to the project.
The show features scenic design by Tony nominee Christine Jones (Spring Awakening), costume design by Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (The Butcher of Baraboo), lighting design by two time Tony winner Kevin Adams (Hair), sound design by Obie Award winner Brian Ronan (Cabaret), as well as video design by Darrel Maloney. The music director is Carmel Dean.
The show will be produced on Broadway in association with Berkeley Repertory Theatre.