Monday, October 7, 2013
Broadway Idiot! From a great idea to the Great White Way!
One of these "wow" people is Michael Mayer. Michael is a renowned TV/Film and Stage director. He brought "Spring Awakening" to life on Broadway, on screen "A Home At The End Of The World", with Colin Farrell, and on TV, too many shows to mention, ohhh and took over The Met Opera to direct Rigoletto last year. One day Michael was listening to one of his favorite bands Green Day, and their album "American Idiot". As only Michael can, he started to construct a story from song to song. The idea captured him and he continued to develop it and when it got to a point that he really thought it could be something he contacted Billy Joe Armstrong from the band, (because Icsuppose when you're Michael you can do things like that). It was two worlds colliding, literally, theater and punk, a glorious mess of grease paint and eye liner, how could that fail? It didn't!
American Idiot bowed at the St. James Theater on broadway in 2010. Mayer and Billy Joe had approached his producing partners from Spring Awakening Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman (a double wow), and another ground breaking show hit Broadway, (if you didn't see Spring Awakening, your loss, you missed the most amazing show that launched the careers of Glee's Lea Michele, The Newsroom's John Gallagher Jnr, and a host of others who were baptized on Broadway and now attend service in Hollywood). This team had a lot to live up to; three Tonys, three Drama Desk awards, an Olivier award and a Grammy to mention just a few of the gongs awarded to the collective creative force behind Spring Awakening. It's like stepping out at Yankee Stadium on your first match and getting 10 home runs, what the hell do you do the next game? So when American Idiot bowed how many home runs could it get?
It was and is a spectacular show. Visually stunning, the music...well you know the music, and the cast again amazing. This time though something was happening from near inception that was unique. Another "wow" friend of mine Doug Hamilton was making a documentary about the whole process. It covers everything you might never have thought would happen to get a show on the Great White Way, it is a masterful piece of work and truly fascinating.
Check out more information here: Broadway Idiot
The documentary launches this weekend. PLEASE, if this subject is something that interests you, go see this documentary, support this film.