'American Idiot' to bow at Berkeley Rep. today
Green Day tuner “American Idiot” has extended its run by three weeks before it even begins perfs at Berkeley Rep.Extension for the show, which kicks off its world preem run today, has been prompted by record box office and “unprecedented demand for seats,” per the Bay Area theater. Narrative of “Idiot” is inspired by Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning album of the same name, and the musical includes tunes from the album as well as songs from the band’s latest, “21st Century Breakdown.” “Idiot” has a stage story by band frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”), who also helms. “Spring” producers Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman are onboard as lead commercial producers, with Tom Kitt, composer of “Next to Normal,” enlisted as orchestrator, arranger and musical supervisor. Berkeley run stars John Gallagher Jr., Matt Caplan, Michael Esper and Rebecca Naomi Jones, among others. Originally skedded to close Oct. 11, the engagement now runs through Nov. 1. Although the show seems likely to arrive in Gotham at some point, no exact plans are set.