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    April 22, 2010

    Green Day fans attending Thursday night's performance of the just-opened Broadway musical "American Idiot" got an extra-special treat following the final bow: The veteran rock trio jumped onstage for a surprise performance.

    "This is my first night on Broadway," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong announced as his two bandmates — bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool — took their places behind him. They quickly ripped into a blistering performance of "American Idiot," the first single from the album of the same name that serves as the basis for the musical.

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    April 21, 2010

    Green Day's 'American Idiot' Musical Is Political And Personal
    'It's about people becoming lost and just trying to find their way,' Billie Joe Armstrong tells MTV News.

    By now, you're probably aware that Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot was a fairly, uh, political affair. And while the Broadway version of the record doesn't exactly shy away from the topic, it also reveals a side of the music that most probably never realized was there in the first place: the personal.

    "I think, politically, American Idiot, when we were writing it, it was trying to make sense out of a big mess,"

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    April 21, 2010

    You have only 2 days left to get your hands on one-of-a-kind collector’s items from the world premiere of American Idiot. You won’t find these amazing mementos from the world premiere anywhere else! Place your bid now on eBay HERE for your chance to take home unique memorabilia, including a guitar autographed by Green Day and the show’s original cast. The auction closes at 7pm Pacific Time on Saturday, April 24.

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    April 20, 2010

    Rage and love, those consuming emotions felt with a particularly acute pang in youth, all but burn up the stage in “American Idiot,” the thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought Broadway musical adapted from the blockbuster pop-punk album by Green Day.

    Pop on Broadway, sure. But punk? Yes, indeed, and served straight up, with each sneering lyric and snarling riff in place. A stately old pile steps from the tourist-clogged Times Square might seem a strange place for the music of Green Day, and for theater this blunt, bold and aggressive in its attitude. Not to mention loud.

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    April 20, 2010

    Green Day Joined By Paul Rudd, Zachary Quinto At 'American Idiot' Premiere

    'I don't think there's ever been a bigger high in the 21 years' of the band, Billie Joe Armstrong says of Broadway debut.

    NEW YORK — On Tuesday night in New York, the Great White Way got a little bit more punk rock when Green Day officially opened their Broadway opus, "American Idiot." The band was joined by the show's cast, as well as a number of celebrity fans like Donald Trump, Zachary Quinto and Paul Rudd to celebrate the show's debut at the St. James Theatre.

    Admittedly, having a Broadway show might be the

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    April 20, 2010

    Rosie O'Donnell and Donald Trump wound up under the same roof on opening night - without incident. Also: Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Rudd, Tony Kushner and Mark Harris, Edie Falco, T. R. Knight, Michael Urie, Jerry Dixon and Mario Cantone, Zachary Quinto, Camryn Manheim, Tamara Tunie, John Cameron Mitchell, Steven Pasquale, Steve Van Zandt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ana Gasteyer, Marian Seldes and Elizabeth Gilles.

    Meet the first-nighters at the opening of Broadway's American Idiot, the new Green Day musical.

    'Tis the season for another Spring Awakening from director Michael Mayer, so -

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    April 20, 2010

    The idea of a punk rock musical may strike some folks as patently absurd. How can you take one art form -- gritty, rebellious, brutally minimalist -- and marry it to another -- polished, family-friendly, harmonically complex -- without crippling them both? Some fans, in other words, are simply never going to warm to the idea of a Green Day musical, no matter how good it is.

    But they're missing out. American Idiot, which opened Tuesday night at Broadway's St. James Theatre after a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, is about as rock'n'roll as musicals get.

    [Full review at SPIN]

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