By Hayden Wright
Green Day’s American Idiot is one of the most unforgettable cultural documents of the George W. Bush era. The GRAMMY-winning album was adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway musical and that in turn was adapted into an age-appropriate book and song score for high school students.
Recently, a production of that musical was reportedly scrapped at Enfield High School in Connecticut. Green Day frontman Billie Joel Armstrong got wind of the situation and was not pleased. He wrote an open letter to the school’s board on Instagram urging them to see the decision from another perspective.
“It would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience,” he wrote. “But the bigger issue is censorship. This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard. And most of all be creative in telling a story about our history.”
Read Armstrong’s full letter below:
dear Enfield high school board, #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite "suitable" for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that's the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people. it would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. this production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard. and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway .. "the show must go on!" rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called "Raiders"