There’s always a nervous feeling that overcomes me when I hear a rock band or artist is turning their multi-platinum music into a Broadway Show. There have certainly been hit and misses with these two genre’s meld. Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT is an exception to the rule. AMERICAN IDIOT, a 2010 Tony Award nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical
Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The best sign for success for me is knowing a member of the band who wrote the original material has also had a huge part in the show. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”).
Winner of two Tony Awards, AMERICAN IDIOT is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Though it involves a heavy subject the show comes through with thrilling performances and with the hope embodied by a new generation. AMERICAN IDIOT has been a bonafide hit since its Broadway run at the St. James Theater (March 2010 – April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched December 2011 in Toronto. Audiences have nightly rallied around its story and music with wild enthusiasm and standing ovations.
The musical features some of the band’s biggest hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown” including “21 Guns” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
This is one musical event you’re surely not going to want to miss.
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