Amer­i­can Id­iot

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When: “Then, he said to me, ‘ Just go crazy,’ so I did these back­ing vo­cals. And they used my vo­cals, so I’m on a Green Day al­bum. And I did “The For­got­ten,” which closes the al­bum. And right af­ter [we worked to­gether] on the show, they asked me to do some strings ar­range­ments on ‘ 21st Century Break­down.’ That was a huge pat on the back, that they re­ally took to my ar­range­ments.”

For Mayer, whose cred­its in­clude Broad­way’s “Spring Awak­en­ing” and NBC’s “Smash,” it was about the mu­sic from the very be­gin­ning.

“At first, I just heard a collection of re­ally great songs that seemed to re­ally res­onate to the times we were liv­ing in, which was the post 9/11 years, the Bush years,” he says. “Only af­ter lis­ten­ing to it over and over again that I started to hear the nar­ra­tive ... and all of that seemed very po­tent to me.”

The chal­lenge was to plot a show where the ma­te­rial is al­ready writ­ten, al­beit in an­other form. And when an im­passe popped up, Mayer lucked out.

“This is the part where a cer­tain amount of serendip­ity comes into the sit­u­a­tion,” Mayer says. “And it just hap­pened that in that par­tic­u­lar mo­ment, Bil­lie Joe started send­ing me some of the songs from ‘ 21st Century Break­down,’ their next al­bum. And it just so hap­pens that these songs re­ally res­onated. … ‘21 Guns’ is per­fect for a full-on song with the full com­pany singing. It’s the first time when ev­ery­one in the com­pany is on­stage singing.”

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Andrew Hu­mann and the com­pany of “Amer­i­can Id­iot.” Tues­day through April 6; 8 p.m. Tues­days through Satur­days; 2 p.m. mati­nees Satur­days (and Wed­nes­day, April 2); 1 p.m. mati­nees Sun­days; 6:30 p.m. Sun­day, March 30 Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing...

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