When my friend called to say he'd snagged me a last-minute ticket to see American Idiot, I was psyched. But then he dropped another bomb: "Billie Joe's in it tonight," and it was all I could do to keep from screaming like a little girl.

What product of a 90s upbringing, who spent many car rides screaming the lyrics to 'Basket Case' as it blasted on the radio, wouldn't get excited by the prospect of seeing Billie Joe Armstrong in the flesh? And not just in concert, but making his acting debut and performing his own music...in a Broadway musical no less. The novelty of the situation was just too much.