Artists Series presents ‘American Idiot’ April 24

AmericanIdiotThe  Broadway musical “American Idiot,”  which was inspired  by Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album “American Idiot,”  comes to the  Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 24, at 8 p.m.

A 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and Grammy Award winner of Best Musical Show Album, “American Idiot” gives an uncensored look at the misguided lives of suburban youths.  In an effort to stay true to the  music featured in the show, audience members can expect to hear little dialogue between songs.

Set in the mid-2000s, the musical focuses on three friends – Johnny, Will and Tunny – who are desperate to leave their California suburb shortly after 9/11.  Although they decide to move to the city, Will is held back by his recently impregnated girlfriend.  In the meantime, Tunny loses interest in city life and ultimately joins the military while Johnny experiences battles with drug addiction and heartbreak.

The  musical has received much praise since its opening, including a review by Washington Post reviewer Peter Marks, who wrote,  “Presented in a visually dazzling package, with coolly aggressive dance steps and the group’s exhilarating songs, the show qualifies as a pulsating album in three dimensions, a gallery of zestfully choreographed music videos. The 90 minutes make for such stimulating spectacle…”

“American Idiot” is sponsored by First State Bank; The West Virginia  Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary; KEE 100, The Brew; WSAZ; The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University and the Marshall Artists Series. To secure tickets,  contact the  Artists Series box office at ext. 6-6656. Tickets are also available at the  box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse..  Box office hours are Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m.