Green Day fans at BU won’t want to miss out on a viewing of the film Broadway Idiot for free on Friday, Feb. 28 in Carver Hall.
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong never thought he would end up doing a musical on Broadway. Broadway is a long way from punk rock mosh pits and singing to thousands of Green Day fans in stadiums around the world.
So when Tony Award winning director, Michael Mayer, suggested turning Green Day’s mega-hit album, “American Idiot,” into a staged musical, something strange and wonderful was bound to happen. No one, however, could have guessed what, and so following Billie Joe Armstrong into this strange world of theater became the subject of a documentary film: Broadway Idiot.
Broadway Idiot focuses on the making of Broadway’s “American Idiot” and chronicles the momentous collaboration between rock and roll icons, Green Day and the “Great White Way” to turn the mega hit, Platinum selling album, “American Idiot” into a staged Broadway musical.
Directed by three-time Emmy-winner Doug Hamilton, Broadway Idiot had its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW (South by South West) Film Festival and was the first documentary feature to open the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival. The film opened for an exclusive New York engagement on Oct. 11, 2013 and expanded to art theaters across the US and Canada on Oct. 18 for limited engagements.
In support of the March 7 presentation of “American Idiot” at Bloomsburg University; the Celebrity Artist Series will be showing this film in the newly re-furbished Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium, Carver Hall on Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. The film is free of charge. Tickets to the National Broadway Tour of “American Idiot” are still available and can be purchased from the Haas Center Box Office (M-F, Noon – 5 p.m.; Wednesdays until 7 p.m.), by calling the Box Office at 389-4409 during business hours, or on line at www.bloomu.edu/cas
Rock out at the documentary on Friday, Feb. 28; and get blown away at the musical presentation on Friday, March 7!