Green Day hits Broadway

12:25 PM, Apr 20, 2010   |    comments
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NEW YORK (CNN) -- Those behind the new show, "American Idiot" hope it will be the next big thing on Broadway.

From multi-platinum recording to rehearsals to the Great White Way, "American Idiot" brings to the stage Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's anger and frustration in a post 9/11 world.

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That outrage was the underpinning for the "American Idiot" CD, which has sold more than 13 million copies. From the moment he heard it, Tony award-winning director Michael Mayer wanted to take it to Broadway.

The story focuses around Johnny, the so called "Jesus of Suburbia," a small town layabout with big time dreams who travels to the big city, only to find his soul torn between an evil drug dealer and the woman who loves him.

Tony award-winning lead actor John Gallagher, Jr. knows the music and the sentiment well. Down and out of work in the winter of 2004, his sister gave him the CD as a Christmas present.

If Green Day is the voice of a new generation of Americans, it is a brash, aggressive and uncompromising one. The band says that voice has also been misunderstood.

They may be critical of the policies that took the nation to war in Iraq, but they insist they are not anti-American or anti-military. In fact, drummer Tre Cool is immensely proud of his father, who flew helicopters in the vietnam war.


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