Go behind the scenes with ‘Broadway Idiot’

For Immediate Release: Feb. 27, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— The Celebrity Artist Series at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is bringing the documentary “Broadway Idiot” to the big screen to accompany the upcoming performance of the show “American Idiot.” The film will be shown Friday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the newly refurbished Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium in Carver Hall. The screening is free and open to the public.

The film delves into the production of the Broadway musical “American Idiot,” based on the album of the same name by punk rock band Green Day. Traditional Broadway theater is a long way from punk rock mosh pits and stadiums full of thousands of fans. Getting cameras inside a Broadway rehearsal room is not easy, and the film offers a window into the art of theater and how it works with the world of punk rock. In addition, Broadway director Michael Mayer had a secret plan: he wanted to convince Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong to perform in the show itself.

“American Idiot” will be presented in Mitrani Hall in Haas Center for the Arts at BU on Friday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets at $45 for adults and $22 for children and BU students are available at the Haas Center Box Office, open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and on Wednesday until 7 p.m., and on the web at www.bloomu.edu/cas. For information, call 570-389-4409.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.