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Broadway Idiot (2013)



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From punk rock mosh pits and sold-out stadiums to the Great White Way, this electrifying documentary follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as he works with Broadway producers to turn his mega-hit album, "American Idiot," into a staged Broadway musical. The film goes behind the scenes to reveal the creative choices and challenges made by Grammy (R) winner Billie Joe and Tony (R) winning director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) to create the thrilling and one-of-a-kind musical experience. More than just a show, but a personal and transformative experience for Billie Joe, the film provides insider access to Billie's journey from rock star to Broadway star, dress rehearsals, performances and more. BROADWAY IDIOT provides a unique window into the art of theater as rock stars and stage stars collide and create something never seen before. (c) FilmBuff

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Hamilton can't go too far wrong because American Idiot is such a killer collection of songs.

November 7, 2013 | Full Review…

A fast-paced, thoroughly entertaining if hardly trenchant show biz documentary ...

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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A pleasant if predictable documentary ...

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4

"Broadway Idiot" has the controlled quality of something created to showcase the work and its participants only in the best possible light.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Fans of Green Day might find it harder to get the same rush out of the band's music after watching this extended, self-congratulatory PR plug for the 2009 stage adaptation of their 2004 album, "American Idiot."

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

"Broadway Idiot" is entertaining enough. Certainly if you're a Green Day fan, it's something close to essential. But it never goes too deeply into anything.

October 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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The biggest revelation is that Billie Joe Armstrong was not always a punk, but a theater kid singing show tunes in family home movies. This doc explores a little of what was going through Green Day's head when they originally made the American Idiot album released in 2004. Naturally, this doc focuses on translating that album to the Broadway stage. The theater production team is shown working on a story to tie the music together, the arrangements, the choreography, and the stage design, then Green Day is brought in to grant their approval. Eventually Billie Joe decides he wants in on the action. He joins the Broadway cast for a short time as his alter ego St. Jimmy, a character that he says is his dark side. A hard rocking behind-the-scenes streaming flick.

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