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Last Thursday’s production of Broadway’s American Idiot became an impromptu rock concert, with a surprise appearance by Green Day, the band that originally recorded the music in the show. All three members of the band, plus an extra guitarist took to the stage after the show, to the gleeful delight of the audience. Lead singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong announced, with cast members still on stage from their curtain call, “This is my first night on Broadway,” before starting in on the song “American Idiot.” The cast of the play sang along onstage. Armstrong led a sing along that reportedly included “The Banana Boat Song” (“Day-O”). Even with songs that were not part of the show, audience members sang along.
Green Day closed the show with their early single “Basket Case” then took a final bow with the cast, prompting a standing-o. The crowd reportedly included Armstrong’s family and The Edge, from U2.
The play was adapted from Green Day’s critical and fan favorite 2004 album. The show, at the St. James Theater incorporates all songs from the album, plus selections from their more recent 21st Century Breakdown. The plot involves three disaffected suburban youths searching for meaning in their lives. Fans of Green Day overwhelming love the show, but theater purists consider the show thin on plot.