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This Day in History - April 20

'American Idiot' opened on Broadway.
Video | April 20, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley


On this day, in 2010 at the St. James Theatre, Green Day's musical, American Idiot, opened on Broadway. 

A sung-through stage adaptation of their rock album of the same name, it tells the story of working class characters - from the suburbs to the city - seeking redememption in a world filled with frustration. Though Green Day did not appear in the production, their lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong (who wrote the book with director Michael Mayer), did play the role of St. Jimmy from time to time throughout the Broadway run. 

The musical was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and won two, for Scenic Design and Lighting Design. 

The musical had its world premiere at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009 before making its way to Broadway. You can read the Encore Arts Program of that performance, here.

The trailer from the Berkeley Rep production:

At the Tony Awards:

Billie Joe Armstrong: