Band-meets-Broadway story to open in New York Oct. 11 before going wider the following week
“Broadway Idiot,” the documentary feature chronicling the creation of the legit musical version of Green Day album “American Idiot,” is on tap for release this fall in theaters and on VOD through a distribution partnership between FilmBuff and Abramorama.
Produced by Doug Hamilton, the doc’s director, and Broadway vet Ira Pittelman (“American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening”), “Broadway Idiot” bowed earlier this year at South by Southwest and also opened the Newport Beach Film Fest. Movie follows Green Day’s entry into the Broadway world as band frontman Billie Joe Armstrong collaborated with helmer Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) to translate Green Day’s hit 2004 concept album into the stage tale of three hometown buddies’ journey to adulthood in the media-saturated 21st century.
Initially the brainchild of Tony winner Mayer, “American Idiot” eventually preemed at Berkeley Rep in 2009 ahead of 2010 opening on Broadway with a cast that included John Gallagher Jr. (“The Newsroom”), Stark Sands (“Kinky Boots”), Michael Esper and Rebecca Naomi Jones. Production ran for a little more than a year, with box office occasionally boosted by Armstrong, who stepped into one of the show’s starring roles for a few short stints during the production’s run.
Digital distributor FilmBuff and New York-based distributor Abramorama plan a theatrical release for “Broadway Idiot” that starts in Gotham Oct. 11 ahead of a wider expansion Oct. 18, when the title also will hit VOD.