Documentary Will Bring Behind-The-Scenes Look of ‘American Idiot’ Musical to Theaters
Back in the mid-‘00s, Green Day’s American Idiot garnered them more respect, and a few years after the release came out, a theater adaptation eventually got to Broadway. Now, a documentary distributed by FilmBuff plans to show the behind-the-scenes process of transposing the rock opera album for the stage.
Called Broadway Idiot, the Doug Hamilton-directed documentary debuted at South by Southwest and is now slated for a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada starting October 18. A New York run begins October 11.
Regarding the documentary, Hamilton said in a statement: "We are thrilled to be working with FilmBuff to bring the labor of love and dedication that is Broadway Idiot to everyone across the country in theaters and across all digital platforms. It's like bringing Billie Joe Armstrong and Broadway right to your doorstep."
The one-act musical featuring songs from the album, as well as 21st Century Breakdown, originally opened at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009, and by April 2010, it officially started a Broadway run at the St. James Theater.
After 422 shows, the musical closed its Broadway run, although touring productions across the world continue through 2013.
Although Green Day is responsible for the music, they didn’t have an active part in the actual musical, save for Armstrong, who occasionally played the role of St. Jimmy.
The show went onto win two Tony awards in 2011 and earned a Grammy in 2011.
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