Reprise Records congratulates Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong for winning a 2011 Grammy Award for “Best Musical Show Album” for American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording. Released in April, the official album features the 24-member cast of the smash-hit musical accompanied by Green Day, marking another incredible collaboration between the band and the musical.
This is the fifth Grammy win for Green Day. The band has previously won twice in the “Best Rock Album” category for their platinum sellilng album 21 Century Breakdown, as well as for their blockbuster 2004 album American Idiot. They have also won in the “Record of the Year” category for the single “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and in the “Best Alternative Music Performance” category for their Diamond-certified 1993 album Dookie.
American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey. The result, according to the Toronto Star, is“The first great musical of the 21st century!” Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera American Idiot, Armstrong and the band collaborated with one of the theatre’s most acclaimed creative teams, led by the Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning composer and orchestrator Tom Kitt, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, to bring this explosive, iconic album to the stage.
Billie Joe Armstrong is currently playing the role of “St. Jimmy” in American Idiot, through February 27, 2011, at the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street.