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A toast to the opening of American Idiot

posted by Chad Jones on Thu, Sep 17, 2009
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This week has seen one thrill after another with the festive opening, at long last, of Green Day's American Idiot. The world premiere of this extraordinary rock-and-roll event was greeted with standing ovations and an incredible level of audience enthusiasm.

To share the excitement, here are a couple video peeks into the world of American Idiot.

First we have a passionate toast made by Tony Taccone, Berkeley Rep's artistic director, to Green Day, the cast, creative team after a recent performance of the show.

Next up is a piece from KGO-TV San Francisco about American Idiot featuring some great interviews with Green Day and the creative team along with footage from the show.

Billie Joe haircut

And finally, the post-show party on opening night was, as the kids say (or used to say, anyway), off the hook. Among the flavored-vodka snow cone stations, rock-and-roll photo booths, and Rock Band video game stations there was a Mohawk hair-trimming booth.

At one point during the party, Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong jumped into the fun and gave Alice morning DJ Ickys an appropriately punk look, as seen in the photo at right. You can see more photos on the Alice website.

Photo by Cheshire Isaacs


After reading this and watching the videos - just have to say - I love Tony Taccone! He put it all in a rather large nutshell. I saw the show on September 4 & 5. Just had a swig of my own drink here in Tulsa Oklahoma to celebrate his toast of this marvelous production. Thank you to everyone involved. I was so afraid you would screw this up, but you brought tears to my eyes and laughter to my heart (as Green Day always has).

J'net | Thu, Sep 17, 2009

"Fury and love," great way to describe Green Day's music. Can't wait to see the show next week!

Tanya | Thu, Sep 17, 2009

Thank you, you answered the question I have been searching for which was whether or not to place keywords when blog commenting.

mirc | Sat, Sep 26, 2009

Just saw the show 2x's and how excited I am for the cast.They really put on a great performance.I can see the enjoyment it brought to all ages.Eveyone I talked to just loved it!

Ann Marie | Sun, Oct 11, 2009

Amazing music. Phenomenal cast. I loved every second!

T | Sun, Oct 18, 2009

Last night, I saw American Idiot with my 2 sons and daughters-in-law. I was transformed from the first note to the last. Thank you from my very being.

Anne Payne | Sun, Nov 8, 2009

Can't wait to see this! I'll be in NY in September and just bought tickets for the 10th.

Jay | Thu, Jul 29, 2010

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