We all love Les Misérables, but if you’re looking for a musical with a little more grunge and guyliner, then check out the Lowcountry premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot. The North Charleston Performing Arts Center will host the musical on Aug. 29 and 30. Centered on the lyrics of lead singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, American Idiot combines the talents of some of Broadway’s best, including choreography by Olivier Award-winner Steven Hoggett and musical arrangements and orchestrations by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt.
American Idiot tells the tale of three childhood friends as it poses some of life’s tough questions, all to the soundtrack of your Green Day favorites (think “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” and “Holiday”).
“Since its inception, audiences have been surprised by the emotional journey that the show takes them on,” producer Tom Hulce says in a recent press release. “This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score.” American Idiot itself has raked in two Tony Awards since its debut in March 2010. The musical’s national tour began in December 2011.
Tickets for the show go on sale June 11 at 10 a.m. via the North Charleston Coliseum advance ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000, and at ticketmaster.com. Prices range from $32 to $62. Visit americanidiotthemusical.com and northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com for more. —DeAnna Kerley