"Broadway Idiot," Full-Length Documentary of Billie Joe Armstrong's Road to Broadway, Will Screen at Berkeley Rep
By Michael Gioia
"Broadway Idiot," a full-length documentary film following Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as he made the journey to Broadway in the rock musical American Idiot, will screen for one night only in Berkeley Repertory Theatre's Roda Theatre on May 4 at 8 PM.
Directed by Doug Hamilton ("60 Minutes," "Frontline," "NOVA," "American Masters" and company photographer for Atlantic Theater Company), the film features Armstrong alongside Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, who helmed American Idiot and contributed to the musical's book, and Tom Kitt, who was the production's music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator.
"We're delighted to host this homecoming for a remarkable musical that began on our stage,” said Tony Taccone, artistic director of Berkeley Rep, in a statement. "We're enormously proud to have debuted a show that has thrilled audiences across America, in England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland – and soon in Tokyo and Seoul. As a nonprofit, we're also grateful that the proceeds of this screening will support the many activities provided for local youth by our School of Theatre."
The documentary premiered March 15 at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, as part of SXSW's "24 Beats Per Second" festival of films.
"Broadway Idiot," according to SXSW, "follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical American Idiot on Broadway — only ten blocks away, but worlds apart. From behind the curtain share in the crazy journey of turning the mega-hit album into a punk rock musical — and ultimately see how the world of theatre transformed Billie Joe."
According to the film's Facebook page, producers plan to "get 'Broadway Idiot' out there for everyone to see." There are no further details about wide distribution.
Produced by Broadway producer Ira Pittelman (American Idiot), the 80-minute film's creative team also includes cinematographer Dan Krauss, editor Rob Tinworth and sound designer Greg McCleary. Music is by Green Day.
Here's a look at the film's trailer:
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