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Green Day album to hit US stage

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day's next album, 21st Century is set for release in May

Punk band Green Day are turning their 2004 hit album American Idiot into a musical production.

The curtain will rise on the show - which will share the same name as the album - at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California in September.

It is collaboration between the band and Michael Mayer, the Tony Award-winning director of Spring Awakening.

Singer Billie Joe Armstrong told The New York Times that "it's going to be my wildest dream".


The record includes the title track and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which were both hit singles for the group.

Don't wanna be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information nation of hysteria
It's calling out to idiot America

Sample American Idiot lyrics

The album went on to sell more than 12 million copies worldwide.

"It doesn't make a lot of sense," Armstrong told the New York Times.

"But that's what I love about it. When people see it, it's going to be my wildest dream."

Although the production opens in California, Michael Mayer has big ambitions for the show.

"American Idiot could certainly make it to New York one day," he said.

"There might be some fantastic found space where this really wants to live, or it might live in a beautiful, big Broadway theatre."

Mayer approached the band after he fell in love with the album as he worked on Spring Awakening.

"It was very much in my head all that time. Sometimes I really would say things like 'Why can't this have a groove like Boulevard of Broken Dreams'."

Meanwhile, Green Day's latest album 21st Century Breakdown is scheduled for worldwide release on 15 May.

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