Green Day's 'Broadway Idiot' Documentary to Get Theatrical Release

12:48 PM PST 08/22/2013 by Erik Hayden
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"Broadway Idiot"

The film, which will arrive in theaters in October, chronicles the making of the musical stage adaptation of the hit album "American Idiot."

Broadway Idiot, which chronicles the theater adaptation of Green Day's American Idiot, is set to hit the big screen on October 18, it was announced on Thursday. 

The documentary will begin a special theatrical engagement in New York on Oct. 11 before hitting theaters in the U.S. and Canada and video on demand a week later. The doc will be released by FilmBuff in partnership with Abramorama.

Directed by Doug Hamilton, the title looks at the challenges of adapting the multi-platinum punk-rock opera into the 2010 Broadway production. Broadway Idiot debuted at the South by Southwest Festival earlier this year. 

SXSW REVIEW: Broadway Idiot

"We are thrilled to be working with FilmBuff to bring the labor of love and dedication that is Broadway Idiot to everyone across the country in theaters and across all digital platforms. It's like bringing Billie Joe Armstrong and Broadway right to your doorstep," said Hamilton in a statement. 

The stage adaptation of Idiot was helmed by Michael Mayer and co-written by Mayer and Armstrong. "My fear was that it was just going to be sort of absurd, not relatable and corny," recalled Armstrong about the adaptation in a new trailer for the doc.

The politically-charged album, which included two nine-minute, multi-part songs, included recurring characters named "Jesus of Suburbia" and "Whatsername" that appeared throughout the title. 

Idiot drew a favorable critical response upon its release in the September just prior to the 2004 presidential election and went on to spawn multiple hit singles including "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends." 

The title went on to be named Best Rock Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

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