250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Rage and love all but burn up the stage in American Idiot, the thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought Broadway musical from Green Day.
Charles Isherwood, New York Times
American Idiot is on tour and hits the Merriam Theaterin Philadelphia, PA, Ended 17 Feb 2013.
American Idiot is a one-act, through-sung stage musical. The show is an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's concept album of the same name. Additional Green Day songs were interpolated from other sources, including 21st Century Breakdown, American Idiot b-sides, and an unreleased song called "When It's Time". The book is by Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The music is by Green Day and the lyrics are by Armstrong.
The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee stifling suburbia and their parents' restrictions. The pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city.
Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. 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.
Opening night: 12 February 2013
Closing night: 17 February 2013
American idiot is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards (Strong language and simulated drug use).
95 minutes with no intermission.
This is not a Green Day concert - this is the stage version of American Idiot developed by Green Day and Michael Mayer. Although the band will not appear on stage, the show will definitely rock.
16 reviews, average rating: (3.4 Stars)
I didn't really want to see a play about Green Day, but I'm glad I did. T... more
Absolutely amazing show from start to finish. Not suggested for kids though... more
Saw the show in New York two weeks after it opened. It was a very moving ex... more
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