Amercan Idiot heads for Manchester

Published: 14 October 2012
Reporter: David Upton

Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit and critically acclaimed musical American Idiot is coming to Manchester for two weeks only in November as part of its first-ever UK dates.

An all-US cast will tell the story of three boyhood friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia and their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world.

American Idiot features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Its hit songs include "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 are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release 21st Century Breakdown and an unreleased love song, "When It’s Time".

Winner of two Tony Awards and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009. In April 2010, the musical opened on Broadway where reviews were unanimously positive and it ran for over a year.