Broadway hit ‘American Idiot’ makes Iowa debut

National tour of Green Day’s “groundbreaking musical event “makes Iowa premiere at 7:30 p.m. March 27-28 at Gallagher-Bluedorn performing arts center.

Tickets are on sale now for the Gallagher-Bluedorn’s performances of the explosive Broadway hit “American Idiot,” called “wonderfully raucous” and “emotionally charged” by The New York Times and “flat-out electrifying” by the Boston Globe. Ticket prices range from $24 to $55 and are available at the GBPAC box office, by visiting, or by calling 1-877-549-SHOW. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 319-273-3660.

Winner of two Tony Awards, “American Idiot” is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Through incredible spectacle, thrilling performances, and with the hope embodied by a new generation, “American Idiot” has given audiences the time of their lives night after night since its Broadway run at the St. James Theatre (March 2010April 2011) and its subsequent national tour, which launched in December 2011 in Toronto.

“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey the show takes them on, told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs, including many they are already familiar with and love,” said Tom Hulce, producer. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score.”

The musical features the Green Day hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release, “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

“American Idiot,” a 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. The book is by Armstrong and Michael Mayer with direction by Tony Award-winner Mayer (“Spring Awakening”).

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