BWW Previews: Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Land in Durham This Week

Green Day's American Idiot is making a brief stop in Durham this week, on Tuesday April 29th and Wednesday April 30th. It's punk rock score and in-your-face style may seem like it's for a small subgroup of potential audience members, but it's got something for everybody. Even folks like myself, who only listen to Broadway showtunes, find ourselves hopelessly enthralled in the story and the sound.

The story of American Idiot, which is performed in one 90-minute act, is about three best friends on the brink of adulthood who, whether by choice or circumstance, head out on their own paths. One stays behind with his pregnant girlfriend and the small town that he wants so desperately to leave, one joins the military in search of meaning and purpose, and the other heads out for a life of sex, drugs, and rock and roll in the big city, trying to find some semblance of identity for himself.

The music for the show is the same music as the Green Day album of the same name. A true rock opera, the show features almost no dialogue and tells its story through music and movement. The story is a compelling one, with which everyone can find something to relate. The production has appeal for people who love musicals and for people who have never seen a musical, and everyone in between.

American Idiot will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center for a short time only - April 29th and April 30th. For tickets and more information, visit

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Larisa Mount Larisa has been a Broadway fan since before she can remember. When she's not teaching kindergarten, she's seeing every show possible! Her three favorite shows are Hair, Spring Awakening, and In the Heights.



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