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REGIONAL PREMIERE: Green Day’s “American Idiot” Presented by McNally Smith Theater Ensemble, November 6–8

The McNally Smith College of Music Theater Ensemble is proud to present the regional premiere of Green Day’s American Idiot, November 6, 7 and 8 at the History Theatre in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating; $5 with any student ID. Additionally, the first three rows of the History Theatre are reserved for FREE RUSH TICKETS for each show. The rush line is first-come-first-served, open to all, and starts at 6:00 p.m. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. all three nights.

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American Idiot is a musical stage adaptation of Green Day’s GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum 2004 “punk rock opera” concept album. The original Broadway production enjoyed a successful yearlong run in 2010–11, totaling 422 performances and receiving a Tony nomination for “Best Musical.” The story centers on three disaffected young suburbanites who come of age during the second Iraq War. The screenplay was co-written by Green Day singer/guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong, who has Minnesota ties. The Bay Area native maintains a second home in St. Paul with his wife of over 20 years, Adrianne, who grew up in New Brighton, and went to college at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The two met in Minneapolis on one of Green Day’s first tours in the early ‘90s.

For more information on American Idiot and the MSCM Theater Ensemble visit www.mcnallysmith.edu/musical-theater-ensemble

“McNally Smith College of Music students can really nail that authentic, edgy punk rock sound that classical music and theater training programs don’t really address,” says American Idiot music director Shon Parker. “They are trained to sing and play this type of music.”

“The characters in American Idiot are so relatable to our students,” adds director Erin Schwab. “The raw honesty portrayed on stage will resonate with those who come to see this show, I guarantee it. We’ve assembled an eclectic, passionate group of vocal and instrumental performance majors, as well as production students, business students and more. Everyone at the College wanted in on this production because they truly love the music and they really believe in the story’s message.”

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