Green Day's 'American Idiot' is coming to Broadway: Will you buy a ticket?

After months of speculation, it has been officially announced that American Idiot, the musical based on Green Day’s 2004 CD, will make its Broadway debut on April 20 at the St. James Theatre. (Previews will start on March 24.)

The show enjoyed a record-breaking run at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre in the fall and, given that success, it does not come as a huge surprise that American Idiot is hitting the Great White Way. But when I spoke to the show’s director Michael Mayer last April he sounded far from convinced that the land of Wicked, Billy Elliot and The Phantom of the Opera would turn out to be its natural home. “I’m not sure that Broadway is where we’re going to end up,” mused Mayer, who won a Tony for directing Spring Awakening. “The people will tell us where this wants to be.”

The people, it seems, have spoken. But are there enough of them to sustain a lengthy Broadway run? Will fans of Mamma Mia! line up to see it? Will you? And would it make any difference if they put an exclamation mark at the end of the title? Tell us what you think!

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  • Ben

    Hell yes!

  • catlin

    EEEEEEEEE!! Ive been waiting for this announcement! Now the question is whether to wait till December and hope that its still on then, or see it in the summer and then return for winter.

    • hannah

      See it twice. The more people are willing to see it now, the better chance it has to stick around. So far it has getten mixed reviews. Let’s hope the producers work out a few kinks and make it the best possible show.

  • YBKGirl

    I may have to buy my plane ticket to NYC to see this one. Love “American Idiot!”

  • sculliosis

    21 guns was so good. so excited its coming to broadway. roadtrippin’ it

    • SKR

      21 guns is from 21st century breakdown, not american idiot, good song still, but most of what is on idiot is better

      • Adam

        Actually, 21 Guns (and a few other songs from 21st Century Breakdown) are included in the show.

      • h3r5hee

        I saw this when it opened in Berkeley. 21 guns does make its way into the musical.

      • stinky

        @SKR and sculliosis: 21 guns is indeed from 21st Century Breakdown, but it is also in the play American Idiot. The play has all of the US release of American Idiot, songs from the non-us release (eg “Favorite Son”), a never before recorded song (a love song Billy Joe wrote to his then girlfriend, now wife, years ago), and a number of songs from 21st Century (21 Guns, Know Your Enemy, an adaptation of Before the Lobotomy, and a couple others). I saw the production at Berkeley Rep and it was fantastic!

      • catlin

        The casts rendition of 21 Guns is so amazing. After seeing it in Berkeley 4 times, having it on my ipod now brings back so many memories. Cant wait to see it in the Big Apple!

      • SKR

        Good to know, all fine songs, just didnt want someone disappointed that the song they were looking foward to was not in the show.

      • sculliosis

        yup. thank you to the above comments. i was speaking of the cast rendition of 21 Guns. Trust me, I know what Green Day Songs are from what albums.

  • josie

    oh god. you cannot have a broadway performance to green day music!! wtf?

    • Lostie4Life

      actually you can. trust me, it’s better than you might think

  • Raleigh

    hahaha…..I wonder why its debuting on APRIL 20TH?

    If you know what’m sayin’ say YEUUYAH!

    • catlin

      What do u mean? Im i missing something?

      • kat

        As in 4-20…

      • Jcop

        Still don’t get it

      • dinsdale

        4-20 is pot smoking day…as in Green Day. They named themselves after a pot binge they referred to as green day. Supposedly 4-20 refers to the police code for a pot bust? Not sure, though.

    • Nikki

      YEUUYAH! 4/20!

      • sculliosis

        national pot smoking day. for those confused.

    • hannah

      And its opening at the St. James Theater. lol.

  • totally0random

    I can’t wait for tickets to go on sale. I AM SO THERE.

  • chris c

    another great band jumps the shark…so long Green Day!

    • stinky

      Most of the punk world considered them sellouts when they made Dookie, so way to be about 17 years late with that comment.

    • Xliontamer

      Why are they doing this? That album is not going to translate into a live production with stage actors. The typical blue haired seniors and broadway musical buffs (gay men) are not their audience. In my eyes, the only truely rockin musicals were Jesus Christ Superstar and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. American Idiot isn’t about the messiah or a perils of a botched sex change, the two themes that previously worked. So, Green Day, or should I say Michael Mayer, has a choice, make a really rockin play that won’t sell tickets or cheese out and smooth out the edges for the NY theater crowd. As for Michael Mayer, people swore to me that Spring Awakening had a great band, had some rock balls, and wouldn’t disappoint me. Foolishly wishing to believe this advice I bought a ticket and was let down.

  • Kayla

    i hope that it lasts until the summer cause i live in another state and want to see it sooo bad!!!!!

  • Laura Lee

    This is fantastic news! Hooray for Green Day. I saw the tryout of this show in Berkeley and it blew my mind. So many new and exicting ideas were on that stage, and the version of 21 Guns (which is in show “American Idiot” not the album) is truly beautiful. The stage orchestrations of their rock — I think GD fans and fans of theater will LOVE it. If you liked Rent or Spring Awakening or GREEN DAY, you will enjoy this. Trust me. This is the next, great, level of theater for a new generation. I hear their music differently now, with fresh ears, and that is a good thing for me. Congrats to Green Day on this next chapter in their creative careers!

  • a person

    I am the biggest fan of Wicked, and love the Phantom of the Opera, and I want to see this!

  • crispy

    these things never turn out well.

    • catlin

      I think it will when it had to be extended twice in Berkeley. People will come from all over to see this.

    • Hannah

      I’m in the Bay Area, people LOVED this thing – critics, theatre goers, rock fans, non-rock fans. It seems like there must be something there.

    • dinsdale

      It was critically praised all the way around. And sold out pretty much all the shows. So, I’m guessing it can turn out well.

  • ceecee

    People said The Who’s Tommy wouldn’t work on Broadway and it went onto be earn 11 Tony nominations and rave reviews with a successful run. People said Rent wouldn’t fly on Broadway, and a few Tony’s & a Pulitzer later, it managed to help reinvent Broadway in ’96. I CAN’T WAIT to see what we’re getting with American Idiot. Plus… it’s Michael Mayer! The man who gave us Spring Awakening & Lea Michele! Sign me up!

    • Laura Lee

      you won’t be disappointed.

  • Ailene

    I wanna check this out.

  • Blech

    Saw it in Berkeley. It though it was terrible: woefully contrived and frankly boring. Unfortunately/fortunately, others disagreed and propelled it to a sold-out run. I hope they make improvements before unveiling it on broadway.

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