Its success, of course, starts with the songs -- "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Wake Me When September Ends" and others -- and a plot only Armstrong could dream up, in which suburban youths head for the city and take different paths, finding disappointments and rebellious transformations along the way. That sets off an excellent combustion and the drama does play out; in this case, so does the stuff of youthful angst and poignant endings.
Original Broadway cast members Van Hughes and Leslie McDonel will retread the leading roles of Johnny and Heather alongside a high-octane ensemble during the run, which kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. at the Buell, located in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. For tickets, starting at $20, and showtimes, call 303-893-4100 or go to www.denvercenter.org.
Tue., March 6, 8 p.m.; Wed., March 7, 8 p.m.; Thu., March 8, 8 p.m.; Fri., March 9, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 10, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 11, 2 & 7:30 p.m., 2012