AOL: The audience seems to vary from young punks to 70-year-olds. Did you expect that?
Tony: That's what surprised me back when we were first putting it on in Berkeley before we brought it to NY. We didn't get that age demographic that we thought was gonna happen: that youth-focused, or the 30 to 40-year-olds who were really familiar with the 'American Idiot' record. We're getting parents, 60, 70-year-olds, who are bringing their grandkids to see this thing. And both are being touched in ways that I'm pleasantly surprised by. I'm so glad that it connects on so many different levels regardless of age.
Tony: And vice versa -- kids are dragging their parents to the theater too, which is really amazing to see. In Berkeley, a woman in her 70s told me, "I'm in my 70s and I have to tell you, I didn't think I was going to enjoy this show, but I looked at my sister who was sitting right beside me and I had to look at her and say 'I love you. Thank you for bringing me here. You've changed my life, because I saw something completely different." There are a lot of emotions flowing throughout the stage and she said, "I felt connected. I felt like my life was changed in 90 minutes." It's just amazing to see people in their 70s even relating to Green Day's music.
-- Dan Reilly