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American Idiot's Dan Tracy Brings Angst To Albany

A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s American Idiot transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer.

The rock opera, nominated for a Best Musical Tony, was as loud and visually arresting as anything on Broadway, with a punk band on stage and a stories-tall backdrop of graffiti, fuzzy televisions and bleak cityscapes.

The story focuses on three longtime friends who find different paths out of the post-9/11 suburbs, not all successfully.

A recent Michigan grad, actor Dan Tracy plays Tunny in the current American Idiot tour. Tunny makes a move to the city, but before long finds himself a man of war.

Tracy is making his touring debut in this production, which stops at the Palace Theatre in Albany on February 14.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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