"This was the highest moment I think we've ever had as a band in the 21 years we've been around," Billie Joe Armstrong said of the opening night of American Idiot, the musical based on Green Day's album of the same name. And high he should be, and no, we aren't just saying that because the musical opened on 4/20, but because it's gotten raves from the likes of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times . Who'd have thought that Broadway was ready for punk? Flip through our gallery to see Green Day arriving to rock opera's big opening night, as well as joining the cast of American
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.
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 -
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.
Green Day's 'American Idiot' Musical Is 'Daring And Loud,' Cast Says
'I am just continually astonished by their artistry and the power and the beauty of these songs,' director Michael Mayer says.
Green Day's "American Idiot" musical made its official Broadway premiere at New York's St. James Theatre on Tuesday night. If the band being moved to tears by the production isn't motivation enough to make the trip to NYC to see the show, well, we figured we'd let the cast and crew tell you why you should check it out.
"As big a fan as someone is of Green Day, they might not even know how
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
(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.
Green Day Hope To 'Force Change' By Sponsoring Prom For Gay Teen
Lance Bass will also pitch in after a Mississippi high school barred Constance McMillen from her prom.
Constance McMillen, a student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, made headlines earlier this year when she was barred from attending senior prom with her longtime girlfriend. When McMillen persisted, the school board announced it was canceling prom entirely.
McMillen — assisted by the American Civil Liberties Union — sued the school