Green Day’s musical “American Idiot” just opened on Broadway, and it is already turning heads and changing the game in the theater world. Following a glowing review in The New York Times, the band had a surprise in store for the audience who attended Thursday night’s (April 22) performance of the show. When the final curtain fell and after the game cast took their bows, they were joined on stage by Green Day themselves, who praised the actors and then picked up their instruments for a quick, jumpy reprise of “American Idiot.”
But when the song ended, the crowd wouldn’t let them leave, which lead to the real highlight of the evening: The band launched into “Basket Case,” the breakout hit from their massive 1994 major label debut album Dookie. It’s not part of the “American Idiot” musical and is still considered one of the group’s live highlights, making it a true treat for the hardcore fans who had come to see the show. MTV News was there following a handful of contest winners who scored tickets to the show and captured the maximum volume, high-energy run through “Basket Case.”
It has been a busy few months for the band, who have not only been ushering the musical from its debut in Berkeley to its Broadway premiere this week, but also putting the finishing touches on the upcoming video game “Green Day: Rock Band.” They’ll head back on the road this summer to play a some high-profile sets at European festivals, a headlining slot at Lollapalooza, some stadium shows in Paris (where Paramore will open for them) and then another tour of the United States. So even if you can’t make it to Broadway, they’ll be coming to your area shortly.