Maybe you never thought the day would come when suburban-Cali neo-punk would take to the Broadway stage. But, as American Idiot more than proved, the idea was neither a bad nor a far-fetched one: Based on Green Day's eponymous, Grammy Award-winning concept album, the edgy musical took Billy Joe Armstrong's strong set of songs and turned them into a wonderfully coherent walk on the wild side of the Great White Way. That groundbreaking trek has now made its way to the Buell Theatre stage, where the touring version opens for a whirlwind run through March 11.
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.
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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