Green Day; long thought of as a teenage punk band that sang about American idiots, not critically-acclaimed producers of a re-owned Broadway production. But that’s exactly what they are.
In 2005 when they sang about Holidays and 21 Guns, extending out into theatrical productions probably wasn’t what the band had in mind.
But based on their Grammy multi-award winning platinum album, American Idiot The Musical was born in 2009.
And this October the Broadway musical is having its UK premiere at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.
The story, expanded from their 2004 concept album American Idiot, centres on three young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny decide to leave suburbia. The pair look for meaning in their lives, and try out the excitement of the city.
Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city and joins the military. Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.
After a run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre 2009, the production closed at St James Theatre in Broadway on April 24 after 422 performances, before announcing its national tour.
Featuring the music of Green Day and lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, the production includes hits such as Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday, and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot.
Frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, says: ‘We’re excited to be bringing the US stage production of American Idiot to the UK and Ireland.
‘We played to some of the most insane crowds when we toured the album there, and we can’t wait for our friends across the pond to see the musical.’
American Idiot has already won two 2010 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and was nominated for Best Musical. In February this year it won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
American Idiot is holding its UK premiere at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton from October 9-13.