On April 20, Green Day‘s musical “American Idiot” will open on Broadway at St. James Theatre. The production is structured off of the band’s 2004 album “American Idiot”, and features 24 actors acting, dancing, and singing their way through drug abuse and rebellion. It is a rock opera, similar to that of The Who‘s “Tommy“. Green Day themselves does not perform in the show, although front man Billy Joe Armstrong wrote the book for the musical, along with director Michael Mayer.
Islamic website radicalmuslim.com is going after South Park because an episode last week included an image of the Prophet Mohammed in disguise. The website, based in New York, was the subject of a CNN investigation last year due to radical rhetoric supporting “Jihad” against the West and praising Osama Bin Laden. The website posted an entry after the 200th episode last week included a satirical discussion about whether an image of the prophet could be shown. In the end, he is portrayed disguised in a bear suit.
April 19–As a graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop six years ago, Paul Harding sent his novel manuscript to a handful of agents and editors in New York, only to receive rejection letters. Not only did he eventually find a publisher, the Bellevue Literary Press, for his novel “Tinkers,” Harding won Pulitzer Prize for fiction last week. Even though it “sunk under the radar” in some spots, “Tinker” made several year-end best lists, and many independent bookstores are claiming Harding’s victory as their own.
April 19–During Oprah Winfrey‘s talk show on Monday, Gerald Imes admitted to molesting his sister, Oscar winner Mo’Nique, when they were children. Imes said the molestation lasted for a year or two and began when he was 13 and she was 7 or 8. He apologized during Winfrey’s show and said he “abused and betrayed the trust of another sibling, my sister, my blood sister.” Mo’Nique hasn’t responded to a request for comment sent to her publicist, but she was aware of the interview on Winfrey’s show and “gave Winfrey her blessing.”
by Taylor Benson and Annie Perry