The new musical American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning Green Day album of the same name (and featuring arrangements by Next To Normal composer Tom Kitt), opens on Broadway tonight at the St. James Theatre. The musical about disaffected suburban youth in search of something more is also having opening night festivities online, which ticket-less fans can enjoy from the comfort of their home. At AmericanIdiotOnBroadway.com, fans can see red carpet footage, video and images from the after party, and Twitter updates from the show’s cast and creative team. American Idiot, which stars John Gallagher Jr. (Spring Awakening), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Passing Strange), Michael Esper, Tony Vincent, and Stark Sands, comprises all the songs from Green Day’s hit album, including “When September Ends” and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” plus a few songs from the band’s new album 21st Century Breakdown, most notably “21 Guns”. The musical’s original Broadway cast album was also released today.
Red has its official Broadway opening at the John Golden Theatre this evening. The Donmar Warehouse production, which just transferred from a successful run in London’s West End, stars Alfred Molina (seen on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof and Art) as the famed abstract painter Mark Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his young assistant. The biographical drama set in Rothko’s Manhattan studio was penned by American writer John Logan, who has served as a screenwriter on such major films as Gladiator, Any Given Sunday, and Tim Burton’s movie version of the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Directed by Michael Grandage, Red is scheduled to play a limited 15-week engagement on Broadway, running at the Golden Theatre from now until June 27.