American Idiot is at the Walton Arts Center this weekend pic

  • John Daughtry
  • “American Idiot” is at the Walton Arts Center this weekend.

Various times. Walton Arts Center. $53-$79.


For a certain species of crusty old punker — maybe, say, the sort of miscreant who grew up worshipping Cometbus and once dubbed all of Sewer Trout’s records onto one handy cassette — it’s still really weird on some level that Green Day made a Broadway musical.

Sure, the band has been enormously famous for the better part of two decades now, so there’s certainly a case to be made for telling those sorts of folks to just get over it, you know? And it’s not that there’s anything wrong with making a Broadway musical … with a pop-punk soundtrack … about a bunch of bored suburban kids who turn to drugs and alcohol … and have names like St. Jimmy and Whatsername … which would become hugely popular and go on to gross millions of dollars and win a Grammy and two Tony Awards among others … .


Sure, there’s nothing wrong with any of that. But man, it still seems kinda weird. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.