Broadway Future Is Confirmed for American Idiot, But When?

By Kenneth Jones
09 Nov 2009

John Gallagher Jr. and Tony Vincent in American Idiot at Berkeley Rep.
John Gallagher Jr. and Tony Vincent in American Idiot at Berkeley Rep.
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Just as the characters in Green Day's rock musical American Idiot search for meaning in a chaotic world, so do the fans of that show's score seek an answer to a larger question: When is it coming to Broadway?

A casting notice made public on Nov. 9 indicates that producers are indeed planning a Broadway move for the hot-selling, critically-praised American Idiot, currently playing an extended world-premiere run in Berkeley, CA, through Nov. 15. Until the appearance of this industry casting alert, there has only been mention of a hope for a commercial life for the Michael Mayer-directed musical. "There is a Broadway future for the show, but at this time no dates or theatre are confirmed," spokesman Michael Hartman told on Nov. 9.

The casting notice does not indicate a production schedule or timeline for the dark-hued rock musical, which borrows songs from the punk album of the same name, plus numbers from Green Day's latest album, "21st Century Breakdown."

As was known, Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman are the lead producers; they were also behind the Tony Award-winning production of Spring Awakening, for which Mayer won a Tony for Best Direction of a Musical.

American Idiot has music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Armstrong & Michael Mayer. As he did at Berkeley Repertory Theater, Mayer will direct the Broadway production, with choreography by Steven Hoggett, music supervision by Tom Kitt, music direction by Carmel Dean, general management by Abbie M. Strassler and casting Jim Carnahan & Carrie Gardner.

Original cast members are expected to be part of the Broadway life of the American Idiot. The casting notice for Equity Principal Auditions (EPAs) is an industry standard and doesn't necessarily indicate that performers from the premiere run won't resurface on Broadway.


The show is now the top-grossing show in the Rep's 41-year history with the biggest advance sale, the biggest day at the box office, and 17 of the top 20 days ever. Extended for three weeks even before it had its first performance, American Idiot was later extended another two weeks, to Nov. 15

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At Berkeley Rep, Tony-winning actor John Gallagher, Jr. plays Johnny, leading an ensemble of 19 young performers that also includes Matt Caplan as Tunny, Michael Esper as Will, and Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy with Mary Faber as Heather, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, and Christina Sajous as the Extraordinary Girl.

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 '21st Century Breakdown.'"