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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) FilmBuffmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Nov 11, 2013
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Critic Reviews for Broadway Idiot

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | November 7, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A pleasant if predictable documentary ...

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Boston Globe
Top Critic

"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.

Full Review… | October 17, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Broadway Idiot

While mildly redundant and somewhat self-aggrandizing, it's also pleasantly heartfelt and works wonders as a powerhouse advertisement for the impressive stage production.


An exhilarating rockdoc about how one of the most acclaimed albums of the past 20 years got adapted to Broadway. If you're a fan of Green Day or musicals, I'd check this out.

Or... No, that's actually a pretty good name...

For fans of musicals, Green Day, or great documentaries, Broadway Idiot tells the story of Billie Joe Armstrong, the rock star, transforming to Billie Joe Armstrong, the playwright. I've heard many talk about the film as being a PR stunt, but I thought it was great. As a fan of Green Day, especially a fan of their 2004 masterpiece American Idiot, it was fun to watch the process of turning this album into a large scale Broadway musical. It probably won't be interesting to you if you're not into Green Day, but if you are, you have to check this out.

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