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Passing Strange

Berkeley Rep Meets Rock Theater With "American Idiot"

Green Day, you may or may not know, began in Berkeley when, at age 15, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt connected at The 924 Gilman Street Project, an all-ages, non-profit performance co-op that is also known as the Alternative Music Foundation.

Green Day's American Idiot, The Musical at Berkely Rep

Adding melody to substance can be a risky business. And next week, Berkeley Rep will try it with Green Day’s “American Idiot– the theatrical afterthought to the band’s Grammy winning multi-platinum rock album.

The musical, which features an onstage band and includes every song from the album as well as several songs from Green Day’s new CD, “21st Century Breakdown”, is directed by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening).

Born at Berkeley Rep, Stew's Passing Strange Gets the Spike Lee Treatment

I was totally floored when I first saw “Passing Strange” – the rock musical created by the artist currently known as Stew on opening night at its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2006. And I -- and all of you – get to see Passing Strange again next week! On TV! In a movie of the Broadway show directed by Spike Lee! Next Wednesday!

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