Showtime to Air Billie Joe Armstrong Documentary "Broadway Idiot"

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and Adam Hetrick
01 May 2014

Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong
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"Broadway Idiot," a full-length documentary film following Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong as he made the journey to Broadway in the rock musical American Idiot, will have its U.S. broadcast premiere May 8th on Showtime.

Directed by Doug Hamilton ("60 Minutes," "Frontline," "NOVA," "American Masters" and company photographer for Atlantic Theater Company), the film will air at 8 PM ET/PST.

"Broadway Idiot" features Armstrong alongside Tony-winning director Michael Mayer, who helmed American Idiot and contributed to the musical's book, and Tom Kitt, who was the production's music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator.

The documentary premiered March 15, 2013, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX, as part of SXSW's "24 Beats Per Second" festival of films.

"Broadway Idiot," according to creators, "follows Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong from a punk rock concert at Madison Square Garden to the opening of his musical American Idiot on Broadway, only ten blocks away but worlds apart. Directed by Doug Hamilton, the film gives viewers unprecedented access backstage during the Broadway production, inside the studio with Green Day and even at the Grammy Awards with the band and cast. The film tells the story of how Billie Joe Armstrong, a punk rock superstar ended up on the Broadway stage and how he was transformed by the world of theatre."

Produced by Broadway producer Ira Pittelman (American Idiot), the 80-minute film's creative team also includes cinematographer Dan Krauss, editor Rob Tinworth and sound designer Greg McCleary. Music is by Green Day.