Monday, May 18, 2009

AMERICAN IDIOT: The Green Day Musical

It seems that original musicals are few and far between, and here comes another adaptation. This one seems intriguing and possibly mondo. It's a stage adaptation of the Green Day album American Idiot.

This fantastic collection of songs, with its loose (all right, vague) storyline focusing on the young and discontented in Bush-era America, was a big hit for Green Day in 2004 and yielded the superb singles "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends." The book will be written by Michael Mayer, who directed the amazing Spring Awakening. The new show will debut at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in September.

Green Day have also just released 21st Century Breakdown, a new rock opera concept album.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

ADDAMS FAMILY - Lane, Neuwirth

The new musical of The Addams Family, due on Broadway in April 2010, will star Nathan Lane as Gomez and Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia. Great casting, I must say. The full cast list is here. My thoughts on the show are here.

CORALINE: The Musical

Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt talks to The Decider about his new musical adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, which was also adapted into a lovely stop-motion 3D film released this year.