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Why see American Idiot?

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The Center Theatre Group is breaking exciting ground this fall with a new production of Green Day's rock opera musical American Idiot. Working in collaboration with the Tony Award winners Deaf West Theatre, the play will star Deaf and hearing actors performing in both English and American Sign Language simultaneously. The show, based on Green Day's multi-platinum Grammy award-winning 2004 album, first premiered in Berkeley in 2009 and became the theater's best-selling show of all time, and after it moved across the States and the global stage. Now the monumental show is returning to its home state of California for an unforgettable and unique performance that has to be witnessed!

American Idiot, Green Day's seventh album was released in 2004 and marked a drastic departure from their previous work. Inspired by concept rock opera albums such as The Who's Quadrophenia and David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong and band set out to create an album detailing the trials that the modern youth were going through during the era, alongside the political world troubles that were occurring at the time. Armstrong came together with director Michael Mayer to create the show, which went on to win two Tony awards and a Grammy. 

What's it about?

Jingletown, USA, in the early 2000s. A group of friends grows ever frustrated with the world around them and their stagnant lives in their lackluster hometown. They attempt to escape with varying degrees of success, but life comes tumbling back down on each of them as they battle their demons and fight through wars to try to come out the other side.

Key Information


Recommended for 16+

Run Time

1 hour 40 min with no intermission


Oct 2 - Nov 10


Customer reviews


Absolutely Amazing!

Spectacular musical, not suggested for kids though. Maybe only mature teenagers. ... Read more


WOW, this show just blew me away!!!

So, I am not a fan of Green Day, which may have helped me fall in love with this show in an instant! The high energy performances left me breathless and wanting more. The amazingly talented performers channeled Angst, Zeitgeist, and--well, Green Day-- perfectly. I wish I could see the show again, bummer, though it does not play in my neck of the woods anymore (even though I did contemplate driving to Atlanta for a few seconds). I really really want to have a DVD of this show. I would watch it over and over again. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!! This is my favorite musical to date--and I have seen quite a few musicals. Oh, and I would watch Green Day live because of this show, as well. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!! ... Read more


A proper rock musical

Disclaimer: My wife and I are mid-60's old and generally republican types. We've seen pretty much everything. We both loved it. We went there expecting a rock musical done by a punk-rock band, and that's what we got. I have seen some negative reviews, and I cannot believe there are people who go to a show not having any idea what to expect from a punk-rock musical. Did they not even see the title of the show? The only thing I would ding it for is that the balance between the instruments and voices leaned too much to the instruments so if you weren't familiar with the lyrics, you had no idea what they were singing much of the time. I highly recommend reading the lyrics before going if you don't already know them. At least read the wiki article. I would NOT take children: There's much drug use and some simulated sex, but mainly because they won't have the maturity to understand what's happening to the characters in a meaningful way. ... Read more


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