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Sounds of hysteria drive Green Day's 'American Idiot'

Driving the high-octane rock guitar riffs and all the vigorous singing and dancing is an evergreen narrative of teen rage, love and loss.

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Chuck Darrow: Punk musical gets new Day in Philly

...one of the most surprising successes in recent Broadway memory, and perhaps one of the most unexpected hits in all of musical theater history.

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Green Day's 'American Idiot' Comes To The Bushnell

Composer Tom Kitt is profiled                             

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An 'American Idiot' demands your attention

"American Idiot" depicts the hard-won maturity of three young men from an unnamed suburb, as their plans are upset by women, war and drugs.

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'American Idiot': Acclaimed Green Day rock musical rages through Miller Auditorium

The two-time Tony Award winning musical is based on the Grammy Award-winning album of the same name from Green Day and frontman Billie Joe Armstrong. "American Idiot" will come through Kalamazoo

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'American Idiot' in Chicago

The acclaimed musical is making its way across the United States leaving a multitude of thrilled audiences in its wake. The show will be coming to the Cadillac Palace Theater in Chicago.

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For 'American Idiot,' Md. native went behind the music with Green Day

Michael Mayer teamed with punk rock star Billie Joe Armstrong to make hit musical, coming to Hippodrome)

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Hard-rocking 'American Idiot' plays at Straz Center for 3 days

Like the album, the stage adaptation is about three young guys from suburbia on an angst-ridden, media-saturated odyssey through post-9/11 America.

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A blue-chip pick for Green Day musical

In pretty much every way, Alex Nee would seem the ideal fit to play the lead role of Johnny in “American Idiot.

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'American Idiot,' featuring music of Green Day, opening run at Smith Center

Broadway musical built around [Green Day's] platinum-selling album of the same name, which launches an eight-performance run Tuesday at The Smith Center.

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A terrific show, bursting with vitality and lit with flashes of visual invention!

Musical theatre cast discuss musical show as it hits London

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AMERICAN IDIOT CAST: 'WE FEEL PRESSURE FROM GREEN DAY!

Musical theatre cast discuss musical show as it hits London

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Green Day’s American Idiot: The Musical, Apollo Hammersmith, W6 - review

The prospect of a bunch of stage stars reinterpreting the songs on American Idiot might seem more like a recipe for Glee Day than Green Day.

However, with its raucous live band and full-blooded singing, American Idiot: The Musical is far from your average night at the theatre.

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Review: American Idiot

Every generation has to re-invent Hair. In 1968 it was Hair, in 1996 it was Rent, and now it is this stage production built on Green Day's 2004 rock album – like its predecessors a musical so fresh and full of energy that it reinvigorates the art form and attracts and speaks to a whole new audience. 

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American Idiot sees electric guitars and the art of storytelling combine

Theatre review: American Idiot brings an adrenalin rush of a kind rarely seen in musical theatre to London.

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The Public Reviews: American Idiot

How do you make punk-pop sound like musical theatre without diminishing any of its credibility? It is certainly no small feat, but the international touring production of American Idiot, playing London’s Hammersmith Apollo for the next two weeks, manages almost flawlessly.

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Rise of the rock opera

American Idiot, the stage version of the Green Day album of the same name, comes to London next week. It will raise the volume and the bar for jukebox shows, says David Smyth.

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Sex, drugs and stage musicals: Green Day's American Idiot is about to hit London

When Green Day adapted their album American Idiot for the stage three years ago, there were raised eyebrows from both the musical theatre community and their punk rock fanbase.

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American Idiot The Musical to liven up The Playhouse for five days

Award-winning musical ‘American Idiot’ is gearing up for a week long stint at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Richard Beech tries not to make an American Idiot of himself

American Idiot is an adrenaline-filled ride, with the house band relentlessly being called upon to play hit after hit, and it’s lead actor Alex Nee who is tasked with singing these hits.

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Dare to be different

IT is teatime in Southampton, and outside the city's Mayflower Theatre a small huddle of teenagers are hanging about.

Blue-haired girls and black-clad boys skulk warily on the steps or lean against the theatre wall. In the park opposite, little pockets of similarly clad teens make their way towards the Mayflower in a slow-moving pilgrimage of disaffected suburban youth.

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Green Day musical arrives in Scotland to bring punk ethos to musical theatre

Tales of growing up in the shadow of Bush hit the stage in a punk-pop musical version of Green Day’s American Idiot and, appropriately, jazz-hands and lavish dance routines are nowhere to be seen.

PUNK rock and musical theatre are not the most comfortable bedfellows – the anarchy, clamour and rebellion of the former just doesn’t square with the technical discipline and jazz-hands appeal of the latter. But there is a new show in town which succeeds in tapping into the raw energy of punk with the precision and rigour you would expect from a top-flight theatrical production.

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'Idiot' perfectly captures a confusing era

"American Idiot" details the difficulty of transitioning from young adulthood into adulthood in the middle of a confusing cultural milieu. More significantly, the play, like the album, ponders the possibility of making it to adulthood with dreams intact.

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Green Day musical set for UK tour

The award-winning production of Green Day's musical American Idiot, which played on Broadway more than a year, is to tour the UK.

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American Idiot at Hammersmith Apollo 04 - 09 Dec 2012.

Green Day's American Idiot, is at the Hammersmith Apollo from 04 to 09 Dec 2012, following a UK tour.

The musical, based on American rock group's album of the same name, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer.

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Green Day musical to premiere in the UK in 2012

Green Day’s musical American Idiot is to hold its British premiere in autumn 2012.

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'American Idiot' review: Punk rebels conquer again

"American Idiot" has come home to the Bay Area, and the dynamic punk-rock show is behaving a tad more like a musical than when it premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre on its way to conquering Broadway. The national tour of the Green Day musical, which opened Wednesday in the SHN series at the Orpheum Theatre, revels in the same unbridled rock energy, but its story, characters and a few other elements register more clearly now.

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Musicians at Google Presents: American Idiot

The Talks at Google program is proud to host cast and creative from the musical "American Idiot"

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Tom Kitt makes 'Idiot' rock in storyteller role

When director Michael Mayer had that first inspiration to turn Green Day's seminal rock opera album "American Idiot" into a Broadway musical, of course he had to get permission from the Berkeley-born band. Once Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool gave Mayer the green light to create the show, Mayer's first call was to Tom Kitt, a collaborator on the Mayer-directed project that would become "Everyday Rapture."

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Idiot, Revisited

Anyone who saw the world premiere of Green Day’s “American Idiot” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in the fall of 2009 should know that the rock musical has gone through several evolutions.

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Photo Exclusive: On Tour with Krystina Alabado and American Idiot

Playbill brings you a photos exclusive from Krystina Alboda and the cast of American Idiot.

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Green Day musical ‘American Idiot' grew from unlikely friendship

Michael Mayer is a huge Green Day fan – not surprising, since he is credited with co-writing as well as helming the musical built on their multi-platinum-selling album, "American Idiot." After a triumphant yearlong Broadway run in 2010-11, the show makes its local debut March 14 at the Ahmanson Theatre.

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Inside Opening Night of American Idiot in LA!

The national tour of Green Day's "American Idiot" just opened in Los Angeles on March 14 at the Ahmanson Theatre. Original Broadway cast member Van Hughes stars as Johnny, a role in which he concluded the "American Idiot" Broadway run, along with original Broadway cast member Joshua Kobak as St. Jimmy, Jake Epstein as Will, Scott J. Campbell as Tunny, original Broadway cast member Leslie McDonel as Heather, Gabrielle McClinton as Whatsername and Nicci Claspell as The Extraordinary Girl.

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Green Day's 'American Idiot' musical tours the nation

Reporting from Chicago - Joshua Kobak, hair already spiked like the character of St. Jimmy, is pondering the question of what "American Idiot" is giving to America, and what America is giving back to "American Idiot" now that the Green Day musical is out on the road.

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Rock opera 'American Idiot' to play Gammage

A question professional actors and musicians often get asked is, how did you get your first break? Often, that first experience of success in the entertainment industry is preceded by great sacrifice and years of painstaking progress and disappointing setbacks in the quest to "make it."

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Youth in crisis, set to Green Day's boisterous beat

A review of the touring production "American Idiot," based on the Green Day album of the same name, at Seattle's Paramount Theatre."

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American Idiot is compelling theater at the Peabody

American Idiot, Green Day's celebrated 2004 album, counted among its many artistic assets a perfect cover design: a hand holding a red, heart-shaped grenade. That fusion of rage and romance comes through with the same dense power in the stage version of “American Idiot,” which opened Friday at the Peabody Opera House.

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American Idiot is a loud, hard, Green Day lament

For all their Berkeley punk-rock bona fides — unassailable and enough to send a certain kind of ill-prepared theatergoer headed for an early exit — Green Day songs are actually filled with hope and longing.

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American Idiot packs emotional wallop with Green Day's music

Who's an American idiot? Certainly not Green Day. In 2004, the trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool revived their band's career with a concept album, a Who-like punk-rock opera that, sporting a heart-shaped hand grenade on the CD cover, took dead aim at George W. Bush's America. 

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From punk-rock opera to Broadway musical

Who’s an American idiot? Certainly not Green Day. In 2004, the trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool revived their band’s career with a concept album, a Who-like punk-rock opera that, sporting a heart-shaped hand grenade on the CD cover, took dead aim at George W. Bush’s America. 

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'American Idiot,' the show inspired by Green Day's hit record, comes to the D

Director Michael Mayer was basking in the success of his award-winning "Spring Awakening" when he got the idea to turn "American Idiot," a hugely successful 2004 disc by punk trio Green Day, into his next Broadway musical project.

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Green Day's rock opera 'American Idiot' hits Detroit Opera House

'American Idiot' was always more than just an album.

A poignant rumination on coming-of-age in post-9/11 America that touched on themes of alienation, mistrust of the government and the oversaturation of media, Green Day's 2004 rock opera seemed destined for bigger things from the get-go.

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Review: Beautiful sound, bitter fury in
American Idiot

The touring company of American Idiot, which opened at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Thursday night, courtesy of Dancap Productions, only strengthens the initial impression I had of this show 18 months ago, namely that it's still the first great musical of the 21st century.

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Ouzounian: Idiots, nannies and piano prodigies a post-holiday treat

Suffering from post-holiday blahs? Nonsense! All you need is a good musical to perk you up.

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In Rehearsal with the National Tour Stars of American Idiot

After raising the decibel level normally heard on Broadway, a new cast is taking the rock hits of Green Day out on the road.

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PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Can You Hear the
Sound of Hysteria?" American Idiot Tour Cast
in Rehearsal

The first national tour of Green Day's American Idiot, featuring several members of the Broadway cast, officially launches this month in Toronto.

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'American Idiot' latest musical to launch tour
at Stanley

It's the final run-through of the touring company of American Idiot before it leaves to preview in Utica, N.Y., starting performances on Dec. 28 for Dancap Productions at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

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Ouzounian: American Idiot's Canadians
go deep

It's the final run-through of the touring company of American Idiot before it leaves to preview in Utica, N.Y., starting performances on Dec. 28 for Dancap Productions at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

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Broadway in Chicago spring season to include 'American Idiot,' 'Fela' and 'Bring it On'

Touring productions of the musicals "American Idiot," "Bring it On" and "Fela!" are the highlights of the spring 2012 season at Broadway in Chicago.

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AMERICAN IDIOT Tour Will Rock L.A., St. Louis, Seattle, Boston and Detroit

Additional cities have been announced for the national tour of the Tony Award-nominated Green Day musical American Idiot, which will launch Dec. 28 in Toronto.

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AMERICAN IDIOT to make L.A. debut at Ahmanson Theatre in March 2012

The Broadway rock musical "American Idiot" -- which features hit songs by the punk band Green Day -- will be making its Los Angeles debut at the Ahmanson Theatre in March 2012.

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Want to be an AMERICAN IDIOT? A Look Into the Toronto Open Auditions

It starts at 6:30 a.m. The most eager of hopefuls line up outside the back entrance of Roy Thomson Hall, waiting patiently in the frigid morning air. Auditions don't start for another 4 ½ hours.

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THANKS FOR A GREAT RUN ON BROADWAY!

American Idiot completed its Broadway run on April 24, 2011. National Tour starts December 2011!

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Open Casting Calls Announced for Upcoming National Tour

The first open casting call will be held 3/5 in L.A. Toronto, Boston and Chicago to follow.

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American Idiot Wins Grammy for Best Musical Show Album

The winner of the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album is American Idiot, produced by Billie Joe Armstrong.

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