Theatre & Dance to present Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’

Published November 10, 2017

The Department of Theatre & Dance will present Green Day’s “American Idiot” Nov. 16-19 and Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

“American Idiot” features music by the punk rock band Green Day, lyrics by Green Day vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The show premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009 before opening on Broadway in April 2010. That year, “American Idiot” won two Tony Awards and the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. Since then, the show has continued to play worldwide.

“American Idiot” is a coming-of-age story told in the form of a dynamic rock opera. It follows the story of three childhood friends on a search for purpose in a post 9/11 world. From the suburbs to the city, the friends navigate their early 20s relying on the music of the punk rock band Green Day to express their experiences.

The UB production, directed and choreographed by guest artist Gary John LaRosa, features a live onstage band and newly designed sets, lights and costumes. Nathan R. Matthews, UB director of music theatre, will music-direct the production.

The Department of Theatre & Dance’s 2017-18 season takes inspiration from the UB 2020 theme of innovation.

Tickets for “American Idiot” are $20 for general admission and $10 for all students and seniors. They may be purchased at the Center for the Arts box office and online at