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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Friday-Sunday To-Do: 'American Idiot'

Posted By on Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 9:27 AM

American Idiot is at the Walton Arts Center this weekend pic
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  • "American Idiot" is at the Walton Arts Center this weekend.

'AMERICAN IDIOT'
Various times. Walton Arts Center. $53-$79.

For a certain species of crusty old punker — maybe, say, the sort of miscreant who grew up worshipping Cometbus and once dubbed all of Sewer Trout's records onto one handy cassette — it's still really weird on some level that Green Day made a Broadway musical.

Sure, the band has been enormously famous for the better part of two decades now, so there's certainly a case to be made for telling those sorts of folks to just get over it, you know? And it's not that there's anything wrong with making a Broadway musical ... with a pop-punk soundtrack ... about a bunch of bored suburban kids who turn to drugs and alcohol ... and have names like St. Jimmy and Whatsername ... which would become hugely popular and go on to gross millions of dollars and win a Grammy and two Tony Awards among others ... .

Sure, there's nothing wrong with any of that. But man, it still seems kinda weird. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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