One March 24th, American Idiot begins previews on at the St. James Theater Broadway. I was in charge of the scenic studio that created all of the surface treatments for this show when it premiered in Berkeley this past fall.
Working on this show was a delight, from a scenic artist's point of view. Christine Jones, the designer is about as wonderful an artist as anyone would want to work with. And, hey, the New York Times thought so, too. In their review, they called the scenery for the show "both spectacular and scummy." High praise indeed!
(If you never saw the photos of this as a work-in-progress, or if you want to see them again, click here. Really. Do click. They're cool photos.)
The show itself totally rocks. The cast sings the hell out of Green Day's music. (You may have seen them, singing with Green Day on the Grammy Awards, a while back.)
What's particularly exciting for me, is that the Broadway producers picked up the entire physical production that was mounted at Berkeley Rep. So, if you go see this show on Broadway (and I think you should), you'd be seeing the work of my shop . (Of course the set from our theater couldn't possibly into the St. James Theater without a bit of adjustment, so what you'll really see is our set, with some added goodies from the wonderful artists at Hudson Scenic.)
I'm pretty thrilled.