(CNN) - The band Green Day has come a long way since their big break in 1994 with an album called, "Dookie."
September 11th changed their approach to music and they released back-to-back albums that defied their simple roots, with more rock opera than punk rock.
Now, those two records, "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," have become a Broadway musical. The show is also called "American Idiot" and it opens tonight after a month of previews.
Our John Roberts had a chance to talk with the band, the cast, and the director about how it all came together.
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American Idiot, the new American musical based on the Grammy Award-winning rock album by Green Day, and featuring direction by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, opens April 20 at the St. James Theatre following previews from March 24.
A far cry from the sexual coming-of-age and teen-angst tale that was Spring Awakening, for which Mayer won the Tony Award for Best Direction, American Idiot — a narrative expansion of the album — is about a young man named Johnny (played by Spring Awakening's Tony-winning John Gallagher, Jr.), who journeys from the soulless suburbs in search of something
Green Day aren't exactly the kind of guys you'd expect to shed tears over anything, but the first time they watched rehearsals for the Broadway musical version of "American Idiot" — opening Tuesday (April 20) at New York's St. James Theatre — they did just that.
"I was watching the actors, and I catch the eye of one of the singers, and he just gives me a little [thumbs-up] sign, and so that gave me the courage to look over at the band," "Idiot" director Michael Mayer told MTV News. "And there were tears in their eyes.
Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes video from Rolling Stone's recent photo shoot with the American Idiot cast before their big Broadway debut. Look for the spread in the April 29th issue.
Don't have tickets to the April 20 opening night of American Idiot, the new Broadway musical by Green Day? The festivities will be online.
The producers of the Michael Mayer-directed rock musical drawing from the Green Day album of the same name announced that starting at 5 PM April 20, visitors to AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com will see exclusive coverage of the opening night.
Visitors can expect:
- Exclusive videos and photos from the red carpet, opening night show and the after party.
- Twitter updates from the cast and creative team
Starts today at 5pm at www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com
NEW YORK — With their punk-informed hairdos and garb, the members of Green Day look slightly out of place in Sardi's, a landmark theater-district restaurant frequented by stage folks and matinee crowds.
But Billie Joe Armstrong, Tré Cool and Mike Dirnt are Broadway babies themselves these days. The new musical American Idiot, an adaptation of the rock band's multiplatinum 2004 album, opens Tuesday at the St. James Theatre. And the guys are clearly, in Armstrong's words, "stoked" as they chat with director Michael Mayer.
It was Mayer who approached frontman Armstrong about bringing
They've already promised that the Broadway version of their American Idiot album isn't going to be "a rated-PG affair," but now Green Day are taking it one step further, telling their fans why they should make their way to New York to catch the musical.
"I think it's the same reason why you would want to go see a band play live, you know? It's a record that's coming to life, it's in your face, and it's a story. You're seeing a good movie," frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said. "It's a great story, and it's going to move you. ... That's what American Idiot does.