AOL: Did you guys except the show to be this successful?
John: It was kind of strange. It was one of those things where we were all like, "This is really thrilling, this could be huge, but what if it's not?" There's something strange about starting a show in that there's no real formula for what is going to be a success and what's not, so you really never know. We knew it was special getting the first time we had sung through the show with all of us together. I was never thinking about the results while we were making it. We all got so wrapped up in the work and had such a fun time working on it together.
AOL: How much did you actually work with Green Day?
Tony: One of things that was such a privilege for us was there was such a respect that they gave us to do what we do as actors and singers in our own right. They let [director] Michael Mayer, as well as the company, formulate these characters and stories that really nodded to the sense of what the 'American Idiot' record was about. They would come every four weeks or so to see what progress we've made and help fine-tune a little bit of character relationships and that sort of thing. To me, it was surprising how endorsing they were, through the stages of the whole building of this machine.