Broadway Idiot, a documentary about a play based on an album, is set to screen in select theaters this fall.
Green Day’s American Idiot, the album, was first released in 2004, then later adapted into a musical by the same time, which premiered in 2009 and opened on Broadway in 2010, before hitting the road as a tour in 2011.
Broadway Idiot, which was first announced back in January and premiered at South By Southwest in March, follows Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who appeared in some Broadway performances of the show, in his journey to adapt the album into a musical.
The Doug Hamilton-directed documentary showcases tons of behind the scenes footage, interviews, and more, and opens in New York on Oct. 11 and in select markets in the U.S., Canada, as well as on demand, Oct. 1st.
Green Day has announced that the band is working on its upcoming ninth album.
The news was revealed by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who posted a Tweet on Valentine’s Day: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Officially started recording the new record today. It’s F*** TIME!!!!”
It is not clear whether F*** Time is the name of the album. The band has, however, noted that the new LP will steer away from the concept-album theme of its last two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown.
Green Day debuted a new song, “Carpe Diem,” during a live show in San Francisco last November, and has since performed various new tracks — including “Wow, That’s Loud” and “Make Out Party” — at other live events.
Green Day’s American Idiot musical recently finished a long stand on Broadway and will be touring the UK in October.
The rocker – who composed and co-wrote the show – will kick off the New Year as a Broadway star, making appearances from 1 to 9 January (11), and again from 18 to 30 January and 10 to 27 February (11).
Armstrong made his Broadway debut in the show in September (10), winning over theatre critics and sending box office sales soaring above $1 million (Â£666,670) during his week-long run. The show, which debuted in the Big Apple last April (10), grossed $600,000 (Â£400,000) last week (ends26Nov10).
Green Day are one of the biggest rock bands in the world. They have their own musical on Broadway, their own version of “Rock Band” and scores of albums sold and awards on their shelves. But one of the most remarkable aspects about Green Day’s long career is that they have had two comebacks. It’s usually unthinkable for a band to have one over the course of 20-plus years, but the men of Green Day have done it twice. The second (and most recent) time came when they released their watershed album American Idiot in 2004 (which came out after the hugely disappointing Warning). But their first comeback came on this day in 1997 when they recovered from the critically and commercially weak Insomniac and dropped Nimrod.
After the darkness that permeated Insomniac, Nimrod represented both a return to form and a new series of ideas for Green Day. The old school fans gravitated to the three-chord zingers like “Nice Guys Finish Last” and “Platypus (I Hate You),” while the band scored new fans with a groovy surf rock instrumental (“Last Ride In”), power pop blasts (“Walking Alone”) and an acoustic ballad that scored thousands of high school graduations at the end of the millennium (“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”). Nimrod also features some of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s deepest, most personal confessions, including stories about his family life and his struggles with alcohol.
Last night, September 28, Green Day frontman and the musical’s composer/ co-author Billie Joe Armstrong made his Broadway debut as “St. Jimmy” at the St. James Theatre in AMERICAN IDIOT. Armstrong will perform through Sunday, October 3, 2010. Immediately following this engagement, Mr. Armstrong will join Green Day in Caracas, Venezuela on October 8, 2010 to kick off their South American Tour. BroadwayWorld was on hand for his debut Broadway bow and brings you photo coverage below!
Original Broadway cast member and current “St. Jimmy,” Tony Vincent, will resume performances on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 following a leave of absence due to a personal family matter. Vincent’s understudies, Joshua Kobak and Andrew Call, will cover the role from Tuesday, October 5 – Sunday, October 10, 2010.
The smash-hit, Tony Award-winning musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey. The result, according to the Toronto Star, is “The first great musical of the 21st century!“ Read more at Broadway World>>