Now Playing: American Idiot, The Musical

American Idiot: The Musical, an adaptation of rock band Green Day’s multi-platinum album, American Idiot, is playing at Clowes Memorial Hall on the Butler campus from April 2 – 7, 2013.

The band actually contributed to the writing of the musical, which tells a story of three disaffected young friends who feel repressed by their parents, and seek to trade the dullness of suburbia for the freedom and excitement of the big city. The character of Will, played by Casey O’Farrel, at first tries to work things out with his pregnant girlfriend at home. Meanwhile, Tunny (Thomas Hettrick) decides city life is not for him and decides to join the military, while Johnny (Alex Nee) realizes he is not the man we wants to be, and experiences lost love.

The inception of the musical dates back to 2009, when Green Day front man/lead guitarist, Billy Joe Armstrong, met with director Michael Mayer intent on creating a theatrical version of the album American Idiot. Together, they collaborated to write the book on which the stage version was based. The musical premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre towards the end of 2009, coincidentally just a short ways from the 924 Gilman Street club, where such bands as AFI, Offspring, and—you guessed it—Green Day rose to prominence. The show later opened on Broadway in the spring of 2010.

Clowes Memorial Hall - Butler UniversityComposer Tom Kitt, who won a Tony Award Award for his work on Next To Normal, supervised the musical arrangements and orchestrations. The musical was choreographed by Steven Hoggett, who won an Olivier Award –for his work on the play, Black Watch.

For anyone who enjoys the music of Green Day, American Idiot the musical features such hits as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and, of course, the hugely popular title track, “American Idiot.”

Event Info:

  • April 2 – 7, 2013
  • Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Tel. 317-940-6444
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