Starting today, Broadway’s “American Idiot” is coming to the Los Angeles stage at the Ahmanson Theatre in downtown. The award-winning Broadway musical based on the Green Day album of the same name, and spins a story on youthful alienation using the band’s greatest hits. “American Idiot” will play in Los Angeles until April 22 as part of its national tour. If you’re staying at one of the hotels near Universal Studios, catch a show while you are in town!
In 2004, Bille Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool released the concept album, “American Idiot,” a punk-rock opera inspired by the Who with a heart-shaped hand and grenade on the cover, satirizing the Goerge W. Bush-era America. The album won a Grammy for best rock album that year, and much publc adoration. In 2009, a one-act stage musical opened in Berkeley, California based on the album. The musical went on to Broadway in 2010 and ran for a year. This is the first run of its national tour traveling all around North America in major cities including Toronto, Dallas, Boston and San Francisco.
“American Idiot” follows the journey of an anti-hero named Johnny, a son of the suburbs, who hits the road in search of adventure with his friend Tunny. The title tune starts the show off with an angry vow to defy tradition: “Don’t want to be an American idiot…” Johnny’s life is summarized by “Jesus of Suburbia.” His friend Will stays at home unhappily trapped by his girlfriend Heather’s impending pregnancy. Johnny encounters love and an addiction for heroin on his road trip. Tunny, however, is drawn into the military and enters a war zone. He, too finds love, but not without certain sacrifice.
The musical uses Green Day favorites such as “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and “Whatsername. ” The songs bring energy to a simplistic storyline and represent a range of emotions. “American Idiot” was written for the stage under the direction of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) and choreographed by Oliver Award winner Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch”). Music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements of the show were the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”).
Hot tickets are on sale for $20 by calling 213.628.2772. General tickets range from $70 to 120 and can be purchased here. Get yours today, you don’t want to miss the rock opera of the year while it’s in Los Angeles!