Green Day ‘American Idiot’ Documentary Hitting Theaters

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Billie Joe Armstrong performing with the cast of ‘American Idiot.’ (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Billie Joe Armstrong performing with the cast of ‘American Idiot.’ (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

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A new documentary chronicling the journey of Green Day’s American Idiot from the recording studio to the Broadway stage is hitting theaters this fall.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe doc, Broadway Idiot, looks at the challenges of adapting the band’s 2004 album into the 2010 Broadway production. The pop-punk opera tells the story of three lifelong friends–St. Jimmy, Tunny and Will aka Jesus of Suburbia–forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia and features Green Day hits like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends” and “Holiday.”

Broadway Idiot also takes a look at how theater transformed Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong. The singer, who in 2010 took on the leading role of St. Jimmy in the musical, is currently penning music for a Yale Repertory Theater production premiering next year. The new musical, These Paper Bullets, is a rock and roll update of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

The 80-minute film, which debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year, will hit theaters Oct. 11 in New York before expanding its run to other U.S. cities and Canada a week later. More info on the screenings over at the Broadway Idiot site.

- Shannon Carlin, Radio.com

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