In case you missed it, The Journal News’ Peter D. Kramer wrote about the adaptation of Green Day’s “American Idiot” album into a Broadway musical on Tuesday, the day the show opened at the St. James Theater. In the piece, he interviews Tom Kitt of Armonk, who is the show’s musical supervisor, arranger and orchestrator.
Kitt — who won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama for the musical “Next to Normal” with lyricist Brian Yorkey — tells Kramer: “My goal from the start is that anything I write still feels like Green Day, not like me. If people suddenly felt that they weren’t hearing Green Day anymore, then it would have been a failure.”
Asked whether “American Idiot” will join the ranks of famous rock operas like “Hair”, Kitt responds: “There are plenty of people who will weigh in on what this means. All you can feel as a creator is your own inspiration and what it feels like to you. To me, ‘American Idiot’ the musical sounds like a special and new thing, unlike anything I’ve ever been part of.”
For more info on “American Idiot” the musical, visit www.americanidiotonbroadway.com.