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SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2010
Live at Radio City Music Hall

American Idiot — Nominee for Best Musical

April 20, 2010

The Story:
Three best friends in suburban America during the Bush years watch their lives get torn in different directions: Conflicted Johnny heads to the big city to be a rocker (falling into a life of drugs and despair), Will stays at home to raise a baby with his live-in girlfriend and Tunny goes off to war in Iraq.

Based On:
The acclaimed Grammy Award-winning pop punk album by Green Day

Show History:
After finding Tony gold with singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik on Spring Awakening, director Michael Mayer envisioned a harder-edged musical based in contemporary music after falling in love with the aforementioned Green Day album. With his Spring producers, designers and a handful of stars onboard, he premiered the show at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2009 before its Broadway bow.

Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer; music by Armstrong, Tre Cool and Mike Dirnt; lyrics by Armstrong

Tom Hulce, Ira Pittelman, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, Aged In Wood and Burnt Umber, Scott M. Delman, Latitude Link, Hop Theatricals, Jeffrey Finn, Larry Welk, Bensinger Filerman and Moellenberg Taylor, Allan S. Gordon/Elan McAllister and Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Honors:
— Audience Award nomination for Favorite New Broadway Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Drama League nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical

Fun Fact:
The score for the show was actually culled from two Green Day albums: American Idiot and the more recent 21st Century Breakdown, which includes the hit “21 Guns.”


Other Nominees for Best Musical