Friday, May 24, 2013

Television dreams of tomorrow

Last week, I went to see American Idiot: The Musical at the local performance hall. The show was in town for one night only and the place was packed enough with such a mixed crowd, it was unbelievable.

The story itself, is based on Green Day's two albums, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. All the angst and stress of being welcomed into adulthood in a post September 11th world. Three friends on a journey of self expression and learning.

It's a loud, rambunctious production that the conspiracy theorists would love to analyze.

It stuck true to form in the whole punk rock grunge that GD is known for, and the stage was used to the advantage of the cast. It was very well done, but in all honesty, there was too much going on. I think I would need to see it again to get the full effect, as it felt like an ADHD's worst nightmare. Along with the fact it would throw an epileptic into a fit, as the strobe lights were too much at some points. Considering the stage was medium sized, they filled it with enough props and were moving around so much, I kept missing things because I was focused on another part of the stage where one of the other stories were going on (since it was three friends, three stories, at some point, all going on at once). Don't get me wrong, it was a great show. Really worth going to see, given the chance. But be forewarned: there is a lot to take in, it's loud, but it will make you want to sing along and dance in your seat. As well as do some fist pumping and start throwing things.


Other albums to check out:

American Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording Featuring Green Day