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Friday, April 2, 2010

Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" Turned Into Berkeley Rep Musical

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Matthew Sweet - PHOTO COURTESY OF BERKELEY REPERTORY THEATRE
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  • Matthew Sweet
Turning Green Day's American Idiot into a musical worked out well for Berkeley Rep's image across the country, and now the prestigious theater company is hoping to turn the work of another (albeit much lesser known) pop icon into a nationally-buzzed about production.

In the early '90s, power pop songwriter Matthew Sweet hit college radio and Billboard charts with the album Girlfriend, A decade later, he has a song on Guitar Hero 2 and Berkeley Rep associate artistic director Les Waters has orchestrated a romantic musical around those tender songs, a love story about two boys falling for one another that the theater company is tagging "a dual-Romeo duet." Waters worked off a book by Todd Almond, who wrote the narrative by playing off the themes and lyrics in Sweet's very earnest and ebullient album. 

Girlfriend the musical officially premieres at Berkeley Rep on April 14 and runs through May 9. 

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