Tickets remain for ‘American Idiot’

Staff report

April 12, 2014

PEMBROKE —Tickets remain for the award-winning punk rock musical “American Idiot,” which will be performed at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

According to Assistant Director David Thaggard, about 500 tickets are still available for the event.

“I’m anticipating that they’ll move pretty fast,” he said.

Tickets range from $35 to $40 for people unaffiliated with the university. Tickets are $15 for students and faculty.

The musical is based on the 2004 concept album of the same name, which was released by popular California punk rock band Green Day.

Like the album, the rock opera follows the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world.

The album had been a reaction by Green Day front-man Billie Joe Armstrong to the administration of then-President George W. Bush, and Armstrong’s own frustration with what he felt was passive ignorance on the part of many Americans.

The production features the songs “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track “ American Idiot ” as well as songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

As the show features strong language, the theater is advising that parents use discretion when purchasing tickets for children.