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Green Day's 'American Idiot' finally coming to the stage

Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot -- composed as a disaffected punk opera about a suburban kid-turned-drug dealer -- will get its due as a stage musical when it opens the 2009-10 season at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Variety reports. Spring Awakening Tony winner Michael Mayer will direct and cowrite the script with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. The Grammy-winning concept album sold 12 million copies and has been compared to The Who's Tommy, which became a Broadway hit in 1993, though there are no Broadway plans for Idiot as of yet.

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