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American Idiot

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Closed February 17, 2013

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

Why See American Idiot?

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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.

What to expect

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.

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Opening night: 12 February 2013


American idiot is suitable for audiences aged 12 and upwards (Strong language and simulated drug use).

Run time

95 minutes with no intermission.

And before you stop reading

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.

Cast and Creative


Van Hughes - Johnny
Jake Epstein - Will
Scott J. Campbell - Tunny


Direction: Michael Mayer

Choreography: Steven Hoggett

Scenic Design: Christine Jones

Costume Design: Andrea Lauer

Lighting Design: Kevin Adams

Sound Design: Brian Ronan

Video Design: Darrel Maloney

Music Supervision, Orchestrations, Music Arrangements: Tom Kitt

Lyrics by: Billie Joe Armstrong

Music by: Green Day

Book by: Billie Joe Armstrong & Michael Mayer


Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christine Jones
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams

3 Nominations
Best Musical
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christine Jones
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams

What you thought

19 reviews, average rating: (3.7 Stars)

3.5 star rating

Anonymous: “Amazing”

I didn't really want to see a play about Green Day, but I'm glad I did.... more

Anonymous: “Amazing”

Absolutely amazing show from start to finish. Not suggested for kids though.... more

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