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‘American Idiot’ at EPAC
Is there life after 9/11?
“American Idiot” opened in 2009 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and in 2010 moved to Broadway, where it went on to win two Tony awards and a Grammy during its 122-show run. Adapted from a concept album by successful recording artists Green Day, “American Idiot” follows the lives of three young men searching for meaning in their lives as they keep running into troubles at every turn.
Written by Green Day vocalist Billie Jo Armstrong, who performed in portions of the show’s original run, and “Spring Awakening” director Michael Mayer, the “American Idiot” score includes all songs from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy-winning album of the same name, which explored the harsh realities of a post-9/11 American existence. At EPAC, the band 1.21 will be the band accompanying the production.
The show is directed by Richard Repkoe, who will bring young Johnny, Will, and Tunny to life as they re-examine their world and search for a way to make their own mark. Audiences need not be Green Day fans to connect with this moving production called “gorgeously wrought” by The New York Times.
American Idiot will run from July 21 through August 6 at EPAC’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre, located at 320 Cocalico St., Ephrata. Tickets can be purchased at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 733-7966 x1.