It looks like Broadway could be the boulevard of fulfilled dreams for [artist id="988"]Green Day[/artist]. Just weeks after opening, the Grammy-winning punk-pop band’s rock opera “American Idiot” has been nominated for a Best Musical Tony Award.
The musical, directed by Michael Mayer and based on the 2004 album by the same name, faces some tough competition in the category. Other nominees are “Fela!,” the musical backed by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Alicia Keys , about late Nigerian Afrobeat guru and activist Fela Kuti; “Memphis,” Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan’s romantic show about a white DJ who falls in love with a black singer in the segregated 1950s; and “Million Dollar Quartet,” a show about the historic Sun Records jam session of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.
“Idiot” earned a total of three nominations, including nods for best scenic design and best lighting. But its pile of accolades pales in comparison to industry favorite “Fela!” which tied with the “La Cage aux Folles” revival for most nods this year, earning a total of 11 nominations including best performances for both its lead actors (Sahr Ngaujah and Lillias White), best choreography and best direction.
Still three nominations isn’t bad for a production that was never even intended for this medium. “[When we wrote American Idiot] we didn’t think about Broadway or having a musical or anything like that,” Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told MTV News back in March. “But the fact that it’s here now, you look at the curve of our career, and it makes sense.”
The Tony Awards air June 13 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.