In the mid-90s, I listened to Green Day’s album Dookie over and over again on my new CD Player. Awesome new technology and an incredible punk band that my then angsty teenage self really connected with. For a while there, if I wasn’t listening to Jagged Little Pill or one of the Cranberries albums with the couches on them, it was Green Day. In 2010, when I heard that the band had turned their album American Idiot into a rock opera, my interest was definitely piqued. There’s a lot of passion and energy in the music – definitely this show would be one that would be worth checking out. I haven’t seen it in my trips to NYC since it opened, so I’m really excited it’s coming to Seattle June 5 – 10th. The New York Times calls this show “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged.” Am I expecting the best night of theatre in my life? No. Am I expecting a ton of cliche moments? You bet. But music that ROCKS? Heck yes. I think it’s going to be a awesome night at The Paramount. After all, the show was nominated for Best Musical in 2010 and won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. The show was directed by Michael Mayer (who won a Tony for his direction of Spring Awakening). And no rock opera is complete without stellar lighting – excited to see what magic Tony Award lighting designer, Kevin Adams, brings to the stage.
On a budget? Pit seats will be available two hours before curtain for $28 each, cash only. Once sold out, a limited number of Student Rush seats will be sold for $28 each, also cash only.
The musical features the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
Video: The Story behind American Idiot