After months of speculation, it has been officially announced that American Idiot, the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 CD, will make its Broadway debut on April 20 at the St. James Theatre. (Previews will start on March 24.)
The show enjoyed a record-breaking run at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre in the fall and, given that success, it does not come as a huge surprise that American Idiot is hitting the Great White Way. But when I spoke to the show’s director Michael Mayer last April he sounded far from convinced that the land of Wicked, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera would turn out to be its natural home. “I’m not sure that Broadway is where we’re going to end up,” mused Mayer, who won a Tony for directing Spring Awakening. “The people will tell us where this wants to be.”
The people, it seems, have spoken. But are there enough of them to sustain a lengthy Broadway run? Will fans of Mamma Mia! line up to see it? Will you? And would it make any difference if they put an exclamation mark at the end of the title? Tell us what you think!
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