When the band Green Day first hit the mainstream back in the 90s, few people would have imagined that a couple decades later, there would be a musical based on one of the trio’s albums. However, when Green Day released American Idiot in 2004, it signified a definite change in the type of music the punk band was putting out. There was a different level of maturity to the music, which most fans found refreshing. The new album, which was something of a punk/rock/opera, really took off with old and new fans alike. The album went on to reach multiplatinum status and even to win a Grammy.
In fact, the success was so great that Green Day even decided to turn the album into a narrative story and a musical based on the strength of the songs on the album. As fans heard the band was doing this, some were unsure of just how it would translate. Would it still have the same impact as a musical as it did as an album?
It took nearly six years from the time the album released to the opening of the musical in 2010. The first run ran for 422 performances, and they are again touring. It received a nomination for best musical Tony, and it actually won two Tony Awards in 2010 — one for best lighting and one for best scenic design. In 2011, it won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album.
You can watch the story of disaffected youth growing up and growing apart in America, all set to the music of Green Day. The show features all of the great music from the album, along with some surprises. Some of the popular songs you will hear include “American Idiot”, “Holiday”, “21 Guns”, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”, and “Wake Me Up When September Ends”.
If you love musicals and you are a fan of the band, you certainly want to see the show when it comes to a town near you. The latest tour will take American Idiot: The Musical to Portland, Salt Lake City, Baton Rouge, and more. Check to see if they are coming to your area and buy tickets soon.