'American Idiot' confirms spring opening
Green Day punk-tuner “American Idiot” has nailed down its Broadway run, opening in April at the St. James Theater.The buzzed-about offering, the first legit project from Grammy-winning band Green Day, has looked like a sure thing for the Main Stem since it earned largely upbeat notices from local press in its fall preem at Berkeley Repertory Theater. The recently announced Jan. 17 closing of the Rialto revival of “Finian’s Rainbow” at the St. James, one of the New York venues producers of “Idiot” were said to be eyeing, seemingly sealed the deal. “Idiot,” based on Green Day’s 2004 concept album, centers on the journey of an angry suburban everyteen. Music is credited to Green Day, with lyrics by band frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. Steven Hoggett (“Blackwatch”) choreographs. “Idiot” is produced by Tom Hulce and Ira Pittelman — producers of “Spring Awakening,” also directed by Mayer — in association with Berkeley Rep. Casting for the Broadway incarnation remains unconfirmed. The Berkeley run starred thesps including John Gallagher Jr. (“Spring Awakening”), Matt Caplan, Michael Esper and Tony Vincent, among others. Design team includes Christine Jones (set), Andrea Lauer (costumes), Kevin Adams (lights) and Brian Ronan (sound). Tom Kitt, who recently picked up a Tony as the composer of “Next to Normal,” is music supervisor, orchestrator and arranger. With “Idiot” joining the recently confirmed Rialto engagement of Twyla Tharp dance-ical “Come Fly Away,” the spring’s new tuner lineup has become significantly more competitive. For a while, “The Addams Family,” currently trying out in Chicago ahead of its Gotham run, looked to be the only new musical offering of the coming months. “Idiot” begins previews at the St. James March 24 ahead of an April 20 opening.