AUSTIN -- When you think "show tunes," you think "Green Day," right? "American Idiot," playing this month in Austin, features the music of Green Day, with lyrics from the band's lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong.
"This show is unlike any other musical out there," says Olivia Puckett, who plays Whatshername. "There are very few punk musicals, let alone shows that have such incredible visual affects, a spectacular set, intense and high endurance choreography, and powerful rock music."
"American Idiot" is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. They take different paths in life, with their varied experiences played out on stage.
"It's so multidimensional and resonates with people in a multitude of ways. Everyone who sees it can appreciate its depth, energy, and heart," adds Puckett. "Whether you're a Green Day fan or someone who is hearing the music for the first time, you're able to connect to the show in so many ways."
The musical features the hits “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 in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”