All-“American” Play at Broward Center Brings Back Memories and Creates New Ones


IDIOT 06 5x7A great song can transport you back to where you were and who you were when you first loved it.

It will be a surreal, rock ‘n roll moment to sit in the Broward Center of the Performing Arts (a Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District cultural partner) this week, look around and see how many people are remembering where they were, when rock band Green Day’s melodies fill the room.

I anticipate that the March 25–April 6 run of “American Idiot,” a two-time Tony Award®-winning hit musical, at the Broward Center will be fantastic for just that reason. In 1998, when the songs were on the airwaves, I was at University of Miami, a college student, figuring out that PR was my calling. Sixteen years seems like a long time until you start looking back. Then you realize how fast it all flies (and how much you’re starting to sound like your parents now. Eek!).

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The Broward Center is making the most of this stroll down memory lane with a special event promotion. Those who purchase a ticket to “American Idiot” can present their ticket stub at America’s Backyard or Stache – two of Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s most popular hot spots – after the show. There, they will have their cover charge waived, and receive a free drink (choice of wine, beer or cocktail) – an added value of at least $20. Package participants must be 21 years of age or older to redeem the offer.

When I go see “American Idiot,” I plan to dress up, rock out, and enjoy the evening with friends – just like it’s 1998 – because, sometimes, creating new memories is way more fun than recalling old ones. Let’s face it: Our hairstyles, clothes and cars have gotten much better!