'80s and '90s movies like Heathers, Ghost and Sleepless in Seattle aren't the only things to be reworked for the stage these days — a musical version of Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot will open the 2009-10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Here's more:
Michael Mayer, who picked up a 2007 Tony for his direction of Spring Awakening, will helm American Idiot. Mayer co-writes the book with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who conceived the punk-opera album and wrote most of the lyrics.
A nihilistic coming-of-age story drenched in post-9/11 paranoia, American Idiot follows disaffected contemporary American Everykid Jesus of Suburbia as he morphs into violent, drug-dealing alter-ego St. Jimmy and falls for anarchist girlfriend Whatsername.
The album has been compared to the Who's Tommy, which also became a stage musical, so I think I could see American Idiot working onstage. And apparently during this same season the Berkeley Rep is putting up another new rock-inspired musical, Girlfriend, based on Matthew Sweet's 1991 album.
Could you picture an American Idiot musical? Would you check it out?