Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ onstage at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
Green Day’s rock opera, “American Idiot,” tells the story of three young friends. Their lives are all about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll until unexpected challenges confront them, forcing them to face realities in a post-911 world.
The energy-fueled musical, “American Idiot,” based on the punk rock band’s Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, will be performed at Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, Friday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 23.
Three men — Johnny, Tunny and Will — and their experiences with love, dreams and disappointment, are at the heart of this Tony Award-winning show. Johnny and Tunny flee stifling lives and parental restrictions in suburbia for the excitement of the city, while Will stays home to work things out with his pregnant girlfriend. One of the three also winds up joining the military and is shipped off to war.
“American Idiot” deals with mature topics, including drug use, and is not intended for young audiences. There’s also smoke effects and flashing lights during the Brookfield production, which is directed by Beth Bonnabeau, with musical direction by Adam Snyder.
Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s lead vocalist and primary songwriter, wrote the book for this show with Michael Mayer. The show’s music is by Green Day, with lyrics from Armstrong.
This project was years in the making, following the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001, Green Day’s album did not come out until 2004. The show, inspired by the album, appeared on Broadway in 2010, where it earned two Tony Awards, for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design. It was also nominated for Best Musical.
Brookfield Theatre for the Arts, 184 Whisconier Road. Friday, Nov. 1-Saturday, Nov. 23. Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Free preview for senior citizens Thursday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. $25 general admission, $20 students and seniors. 203-775-0023