Joining a slew of other formidable rock groups who have turned their hits into narratives for the stage–Green Day threw their hat in the ring on Wednesday night with the world premiere of their musical American Idiot.
Armstrong and his bandmates Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool showed to the Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, Ca., where Levi’s helped the trio ring in their big night.
Cool and Dirnt took front and center seats for the debut, buzzing with friends and loves ones about their excitement over the Michael Mayer-directed show (of Spring Awakening fame).
Armstrong chose to stick in the wings, leading a champagne toast afterwards.
“Punk is about taking chances,” Armstrong said, certainly the case for the songwriter who took his first stab at dramatic arts, writing the book for the musical.
“Green Day’s American Idiot album has had a profound impact on music and culture, and this show has the potential to revolutionize modern theatre,” Levi’s VP of Brand Marketing Doug Sweeny told us.
True to the band’s roots, the after-party featured a barber chair where Billie Joe himself jumped behind the chair and created mohawks on two crowd goers.
While others may have gotten cuts, it’s the band that should truly be buzzed. American Idiot runs at the Berkeley Rep through the end of November, with aspirations of hitting broadway.