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Green Day Go Broadway!: Their ‘American Idiot’ Musical Interview

Lyndsey Parker
Stop The Presses!

It ishighly unlikely that when Green Day were snot-nosed teenage punks playing Berkeley'sunderground/underage Gilman Street club and signed to indie label Lookout Recordsin the late '80s/early '90s, they imagined they'd someday become one of the biggestrock 'n' roll bands on the planet. And it is even more unlikely that they thought theirmusic would one day be adapted for a Broadway musical. But in 2010, that'sexactly what's happened.

The hyped American Idiot musical--featuring originalmusic and characters from the Green Day album of the same name as well as 21st Century Breakdown; based on a bookby Michael Mayer and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong; and produced by the Spring Awakening team of Ira Pittelmanand Tom Hulce--opens on April 20, 2010 at New York'sSt. James Theater. It's definitely a punk-rockfirst, and if you don't think scoring a Broadway production is punk atall...well, Green Day don't really care what you think.

Here'sGreen Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool discussing how this unusualproject developed, along with a sneak preview of what to expect from the musical.It seems fascinating, so if you're in the Big Apple and you miss this show,you're a real American idiot indeed.

See you at the Tony Awards, guys...

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