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  • Michael Mayer teamed with punk rock star Billie Joe Armstrong to make hit musical, coming to Hippodrome

    Michael Mayer knows a thing or two about coming of age.

    The Maryland-born director won a Tony Award for his work guiding the 2006 Broadway hit "Spring Awakening," which chronicles teens getting a grip on their budding sexuality. In 2010, he directed "American Idiot," a punk rock musical based on the Green Day album of that name, which follows a group of cynical, spent youths as they seek excitement in a big city.

    Mayer didn't just direct the latter, but collaborated on the book with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong. "American Idiot," which reaches Baltimore next week as part of a national tour, solidified Mayer's reputation as one of the most gifted figures on the theater scene.

    "For me, a journey of self-discovery and identity, regardless of context, is always great material for a musical," Mayer, 52, said. "When you consider the jaded kids in 'American Idiot,' products of those bad Bush years, how different, really, are they from Dorothy Gale in drab Kansas, going off to Oz and coming back home again?"

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  • Idiot Nation is now allowing members to submit questions for an exclusive Q&A with Green Day sax, keyboardist, and backing vocalist, Jason Freese. Login now to submit your questions: HERE

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  • From Idiot Nation:

    American Idiot, the Green Day musical that traveled from Berkeley Repertory Theatre to Broadway, Britain and beyond comes home with an exclusive screening of a new film. Broadway Idiot, a documentary about the making of Green Day’s American Idiot, debuted to stellar reviews at last month’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Now it returns to Berkeley Rep, where it all began. Broadway Idiot plays for one night only –Saturday, May 4 at 8pm. We have 4 pairs of tickets to give out to IN members.

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  • Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt of Green Day pose with some young fans during the Newport Beach Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere of Broadway Idiot in Newport Beach, California on April 25th, 2013


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