Music by Green Day
Lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong
Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
based on the albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown
Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 2024


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Praise for New Line's 2016 Production

"Really loud, really raw, really worth it."
– Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Some insanely entertaining and thought-provoking
musical theater is happening at New Line Theatre."
– Donald Miller, Alton Telegraph

"This is a real hit, that genuinely rocks the house!"
– Chris Gibson, BroadwayWorld

"A close, sweaty show that feels alive at all times."
– Paul Friswold, Riverfront Times

"So many moments of outstanding vocal artistry
come roaring out at us in the dark."
– Richard Green, TalkinBroadway

"A sensory onslaught that flashes with brilliance. . .
A nihilistic-tinged roller-coaster ride that entertains at every turn."
– Tina Farmer, KDHX

"New Line Theatre’s art provocateurs shake the rafters
in this explosive regional premiere."
– Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat

Don't wanna be an American idiot?

New Line opens its 33rd season with the powerful, high-octane, rock fable AMERICAN IDIOT, based on the powerhouse album by Green Day, a scorching attack on the hypocrisy and moral evils of American politics, and as the increasingly submissive nature of the American public. It's a show that has become even more relevant today than when it was written.

The thrilling, insightful, iconic score includes every song from Green Day's hit album American Idiot, as well as several songs from their follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown, with music by Green Day, lyrics by frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, a book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer, and musical arrangements and orchestrations by Broadway composer Tom Kitt. The Toronto Star called the show "the first great musical of the 21st century."

Lost and disconnected in a post-9/11 America, three friends, Johnny, Tunny and Will, struggle to find meaning in their lives. The three men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but their paths quickly diverge as Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to a pregnant girlfriend, and Johnny descends into an urban underworld, following a seductive love interest and a deadly new friendship. As each of the three learns to navigate his "alienation," we see in them America's struggle to find a new path in this new millennium, after a long period of darkness.

Of the original album, Spin magazine said, "A decade and a half after the first Green Day record, the boys from Berkeley grew up and got angry. So what did they do? Recorded a Bush-bashing rock opera featuring nine-minute songs — and ended up with their biggest smash in years." Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declared the stage musical "invigorating, thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I've seen this year!" Rolling Stone said of the musical, "American Idiot knows no limits -- it's a global knockout. Blows your mind while it blows the roof off. Looking for a groundbreaking musical event? You just found it."

The New Line cast includes Clayton Humburg (as Johnny), Rafael Da Costa (Tunny), DeAnté Bryant (Will), Bee Mecey (St. Jimmy), Rachel Parker (Heather), Lauren Tenenbaum (Whatsername), Adrienne Spann (Extraordinary Girl), Jordan Ray Duncan (Favorite Son), and Gabriel Anderson, Hannah Duncan, Alex Giordano, Amora Jones, Ian McCreary, Nathan Mecey, Kaylin Penninger, and Vanessa Simpson.

The New Line production will be directed by Chris Moore and Scott Miller, with choreography by Chelsie Johnston, music direction by Chelsea Zak, scenic design by Rob Lippert, and sound design by Ryan Day.

New Line last produced American Idiot in 2016. American Idiot is produced by arrangement with Music Theatre International, New York.

Want to explore more?
We recommend:

The original cast album of the show and the Green Day album, and the show's vocal selections

The excellent documentary, Broadway Idiot, about the creation of the show

The Stage Grok interview with Michael Mayer, about the creation of American Idiot the Musical.

A great book, Green Day: American Idiots and the New Punk Explosion, by Ben Myers

Artistic Director Scott Miller's analysis and background essay about American Idiot, from his book Idiots, Heathers, and Squips: The New Golden Age of the Musical Theatre

New Line guitarist Aaron Doerr's interviews with Broadway guitarist Alec Berlin about playing American Idiot, part one and part two

A great article, "United States of Rage and Love," on the PopMatters website, analyzing the original album, song by song

A great article called "What is Punk?"


AMERICAN IDIOT runs Sept 12-Oct 5, 2024, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater, 3310 Samuel Shepard Drive, three blocks east of Grand, in the Grand Center Arts District. Sept. 12 is a preview, and there is no performance on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students/seniors for the preview; and $30 for adults and $25 for students/seniors for all other performances. To charge tickets by phone, call MetroTix at 314-534-1111 or visit the Fox Theatre box office or the MetroTix website.

DISCOUNTS: HIGH SCHOOL DISCOUNT: Any high school student with a valid school ID can get a $10 ticket for any performance, with the code word, posted only on New Line's Facebook page. COLLEGE FREE SEATS: Ten free seats for every performance, open to any college student with a valid student ID. EDUCATORS DISCOUNT: New Line offers all currently employed educators half price tickets on any Thursday night, with work ID or other proof of employment. MILITARY DISCOUNT: New Line offers all active duty military personnel half price tickets on any Thursday night, with ID or other proof of active duty status.

All offers not valid in connection with other discounts or offers, available only at the door, and subject to availability. All programs subject to change. New Line Theatre receives funding from the Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council, with additional support from the Kranzberg Arts Foundation and the Grand Center Arts District.