"American Idiot", Intense Musical by Green Day Opens

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One of the seminal post punk pop bands of the 90s, Green Day reinvented their appeal in this century with the release of American Idiot. In 2009, this searing response to the Wars in the Middle East and the everyday lives of young Americans was translated onto the stage as a Musical that has turned into a bit of a juggernaut. The Artist Series brings it to Jville. Its a must see kind of performance, details after the jump.

Story of American Idiot with the original cast.

Winner of two Tony Awards, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. The musical features the hits “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.”

American Idiot is a one-act, through-sung stage musical, an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot. After a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009, the show moved to the St. James Theatre on Broadway. Previews began on March 24, 2010 and the play officially opened on April 20, 2010. The show closed on April 24, 2011 after 422 performances. While Green Day did not appear in the production, vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong performed the role of "St. Jimmy" occasionally throughout the run.

The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee a stifling suburban lifestyle and parental restrictions, while Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. The former pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.

The book was written by Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The music was composed by Green Day and the lyrics were by Armstrong. The score included all the songs from American Idiot and additional Green Day songs from other sources, including 21st Century Breakdown, American Idiot b-sides, and a song called "When It's Time".

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 book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer and direction is by Tony Award-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”). This Broadway show has been described by the New York Times as “the most adventurous musical to brave Broadway in the past decade” and by the Toronto Star as “the first great musical of the 21st century!”
Here’s a video sneak peek of American Idiot: http://bit.ly/IdiotVideo2
Great seats are still available for both performances of American Idiot! Tickets start at $27.00 and are available at the Artist Series Box Office between 10AM-5PM, Monday-Friday, at (904) 442-BWAY (2929) and online 24/7 at www.artistseriesjax.org. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (904) 442-2947 or groupsales@fscj.edu.  American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.