American Idiot — Broadway

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What: American Idiot Show

How Long:
1hr. 30mins.
(0 Intermission)
Average Weekly Schedule:
SUNDAY 3:00PM 7:30PM

American Idiot Broadway show is a one-act, through-sung stage musical. The show is an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's concept album of the same name. Additional Green Day songs were interpolated from other sources, including 21st Century Breakdown, 'American Idiot' b-sides, and an unreleased song called When It's Time. The book is by Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and the production is directed by Michael Mayer. The American Idiot Broadway musical show lyrics are by Armstrong, and the music is written by Armstrong and band mates Mike Dirnt and Tré Cool.
The American Idiot Broadway musical show story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on Johnny, a disaffected youth who flees stifling suburbia and his parents' restrictions to look for meaning in his life, and to try out the freedom and excitement of the city. One of his friends stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Another friend serves in Iraq. Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.
After a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2009, the show moved to Broadway, beginning previews at the St. James Theatre on March 24, 2010 and officially opened on April 20, 2010. Green Day does not appear in the production, but the show has an onstage band.
The American Idiot Broadway musical show opened to mixed to positive reviews from critics, but got an all-important rave review from The New York Times. American Idiot won two 2010 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Christine Jones, and Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Kevin Adams. It also received a nomination for Best Musical.

American Idiot Broadway musical show Background
Green Day released the concept album American Idiot in 2004. According to lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, the album was deliberately created with a plot arc and that some of their inspiration was from sources in the musical theater repertoire like The Rocky Horror Show and West Side Story. Armstrong also said the band intended "that it would be staged or we'd create a film or something... we were thinking in terms that it kind of felt like scoring a movie." Director Michael Mayer heard the album and expressed an interest in adapting it for the stage. When he approached the band about a collaboration, they agreed to work with him. The band also gave Mayer wide latitude for his adaptation after seeing the director's earlier work with Spring Awakening. Though additional songs were included from the Green Day catalog, Mayer added very little dialogue to the show. He felt instead that the music and lyrics were expressive enough on their own, and even removed some of the dialogue that was part of the Berkeley production before the show moved to Broadway.

The American Idiot Broadway musical show transferred to Broadway at the St. James Theatre with previews beginning on March 24, 2010 and officially opened on April 20, 2010. It is rumored that the show cost between $8 million and $10 million to produce. After six months of performances, the show was "still a ways off from possibly turning a profit" according to a New York Times report.
The original Broadway cast includes John Gallagher Jr. as Johnny, Michael Esper as Will, Stark Sands as Tunny, Tony Vincent as St. Jimmy, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, Mary Faber as Heather, and Christina Sajous as the Extraordinary Girl.
Tom Kitt is the music supervisor and orchestrator for both the Berkeley and Broadway productions. The lead producers for the show are Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce. The creative team for the show is largely the same as for the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening: Michael Mayer, director, Christine Jones, scenic designer, and Kevin Adams, lighting designer. Andrea Lauer is the costume designer.
On September 26, 2010, Billie Joe Armstrong wrote on the official Green Day Twitter account that from September 28 to October 3 he would play the role of St. Jimmy. The announcement led to an immediate increase in sales of tickets at the St. James Theatre. Ticket sales for the week Armstrong performed were up 77%, average ticket prices increased 22%, and gross sales increased 127% from the previous week's totals. The singer-songwriter filled in for cast member Tony Vincent who took time off for personal matters; the following week after Armstrong's run, St. Jimmy's understudies, Andrew Call and Joshua Kobak, split covering the role. On November 30, 2010, the producers announced that Armstrong would make another 50 appearances as St. Jimmy between January 1 and February 27, 2011.
Armstrong's Broadway performances were among of a number of personal appearances he has made to help promote the show. As part of the promotion for the show, the cast performed at the Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010 with Green Day.
In addition to Billie Joe Armstrong's stint as St. Jimmy, it has been announced that Melissa Etheridge will play the part of St. Jimmy on Broadway from February 1 to February 6, 2011.

American Idiot Broadway musical show Musical numbers:
The American Idiot Broadway musical show features all of the songs from the album American Idiot, some B-tracks and a few of the songs from Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown.
"American Idiot" - Company
"Jesus of Suburbia"
"Jesus of Suburbia" - Johnny and Will
"City of the Damned" - Tunny, Johnny, Will, & Company
"I Don't Care" - Johnny, Will, Tunny, & Company
"Dearly Beloved" - Heather & Men
"Tales of Another Broken Home" - Johnny, Will, Tunny, Heather, & Company
"Holiday" - Johnny, Tunny, Theo, & Company
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" - Johnny, Whatsername, Tunny, & Men
"Favorite Son" - Favorite Son & Women
"Are We the Waiting" - Tunny, Favorite Son, & Company
"St. Jimmy" - Johnny, St. Jimmy, & Company
"Give Me Novacaine" - Will, Tunny, & Company
"Last of the American Girls/She's a Rebel" - Johnny, Whatsername, Will, Chase, St. Jimmy, & Company
"Last Night on Earth" - St. Jimmy, Whatsername, Heather, & Company
"Too Much Too Soon" - Theo, Alysha, Will, & Heather
"Before the Lobotomy" - Tunny, Wallace, Ben, & Chase
"Extraordinary Girl" - Extraordinary Girl, Tunny, & Company
"Before the Lobotomy (reprise)" - Tunny, Wallace, Ben, & Chase,
"When It's Time" - Johnny
"Know Your Enemy" - St. Jimmy, Will, Johnny, & Company
"21 Guns" - Whatsername, Extraordinary Girl, Heather, Tunny, Johnny, Will, & Company
"Letterbomb" - Whatsername & Women
"Wake Me Up When September Ends" - Johnny, Will, Tunny, & Company
"The Death of St. Jimmy" - St. Jimmy & Johnny
"East 12th St." - Johnny, Gerard, Theo, & Company
"Nobody Likes You" - Will & Company
"Rock and Roll Girlfriend" - Miguel, Heather, Will, & Company
"We're Coming Home Again" - Johnny, Tunny, Will, & Company
"Whatsername" - Johnny & Company
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" - Company

Green Day re-released the single "21 Guns" with the musical cast on on December 3, 2009. This version features Billie Joe Armstrong, together with Christina Sajous, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Mary Faber and Matt Caplan, with backup from the rest of American Idiot cast. Green Day and the cast of the musical also performed the song at the 2010 Grammy Awards on January 31, 2010.
The original cast recording of the musical was released on April 20, 2010. The cast album includes all the songs featured in the musical plus a brand new recording of "When It's Time" by Green Day. That song is also included in the musical. The instrumentation of the recording is also played by Green Day.

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