Green Day is gearing up for the debut of their American Idiot musical, which will run from September 4th – October 11th in Berkely, California.
The play is directed by Michael Mayer, who recently earned a Tony Award for Spring Awakening.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said he didn’t try to play up the album as a rock opera after its release.
“This record has more in common with Rocky Horror than Leonard Cohen,” Armstrong would tell interviewers.
What’s more, once a movie about the album fell by the wayside, the band discovered that Mayer stated that “he’d love to do the musical of American Idiot” and the details then began to fall into place.
The Green Day frontman also revealed that the musical has “no intermission. It’s just blasting straight through for 75 minutes. It’s not a long play. He stuck to the spirit of the record, which is pulverizing.”
Mayer also explained to Rolling Stone that the musical would include a few American Idiot B-sides as well as 4 songs from 21st Century Breakdown.
“Every song on the album will be played in sequence. But the sequences will be interrupted by other songs and text.”