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(L–R) Scott J. Campbell, Van Hughes, and Jake Epstein in "American Idiot."

Photo by Doug Hamilton.

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American Idiot

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Mar 14 – Apr 22, 2012

Ahmanson Theatre

KICK ASS….This BLISSFUL EXTRAVAGANZA makes you think even as it knocks you out.

This RAMBUNCTIOUS CAST captures [Green Day’s] performance energy brilliantly.

Rabble-rousing pop-punk show. ELECTRIC STAGING…. The same intensity as A FULL THROTTLE CONCERT.

Straight from Broadway!

Slinging razor guitars, thundering drums, and an anti-hero named Johnny. Not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theatre. But these elements herald a groundbreaking American musical all the same: with the burning passion of characters who yearn for something more, songs bursting with emotion, and a story that dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong captured the zeitgeist of a generation with its Grammy Award®-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.

Monster hits like Boulevard of Broken Dreams, 21 Guns, Wake Me Up When September Ends, Holiday, and the title track soar like they were written for the stage under the direction of Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), and music supervision, orchestrations, and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).

INVIGORATING ORIGINALITY…. Should thrill Green Day fans while recruiting legions of new ones.

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Performance Length

The performance length is approx. one hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission.

Be Aware

May be inappropriate for children ages 16 and under due to adult situations, simulated drug use, strong language, strobe lights, theatrical haze effects, and herbal cigarettes.

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.

Center Theatre Group Show Guide for Parents

Season Sponsor

Bank of America