Green Day in Pittsburgh (CP’s Sun. 3/31/13)

1) Green Day, the multi-platinum selling, Grammy award-winning, theatrical creating, California punk rock band plays the  Consol Energy Center tonight. The show originally scheduled for January 14 (and other dates) was rescheduled due to a health condition affecting Billie Joe Armstrong. American Idiot, a play based on their music was staged at the Benedum Theater about a month ago. “I’m excited that everything’s going to take off again,” says Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt. He and Armstrong, lead vocalist and guitarist,  first got together when they were fifteen and formed the band Sweet Children. 7:30 p.m. 1001 Fifth Ave., Uptown.

2)  The Book of Mormon, unexpurgated, opens tonight. The guys in white shirts and black ties are here, and nooo, they are not your Blues Brothers. They rock the house with a sermon about the secret power of frogs, a bunch of songs you’ll want to sing in the shower (but not around small children, please), and a happy ending that might even make you, um … think. There are still some seats available for this blockbuster Tony and Grammy award-winning play by South Park television show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Robert Lopez, who co-wrote Avenue Q. Catch the touring company of The Book of Mormon, through April 7 at the Benedum Center. 1 and 6:30 p.m. tonight; various evening and matinée show times 719 Liberty Ave., Cultural District. (By Mike Vargo).

3)Thurgood continues its run at the Pittsburgh Public  Theater. Written by George Stevens, Jr., the play is based on the inspirational life of Thurgood Marshall, the nations first African-American Supreme Court Justice. It begins with his humble Baltimore upbringing and work as a waiter and continues  through his relationships with General MacArthur, Robert Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson and his subsequent appointment  to the country’s top court. An uplifting performance about a remarkable person. 2 and 7 p.m.  Runs through April 7. O’Reilly Theater. 621 Penn Ave., Cultural District.

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