Charles Isherwood, New York Times
12 reviews, average rating:(3.7 Stars)
Took my 3 teenagers who were skeptical at hearing "fake" Green Day, but e... more »
I didn't really want to see a play about Green Day, but I'm glad I did. T... more »
Absolutely amazing show from start to finish. Not suggested for kids though... more »
American Idiot is on tour and hits the Merriam Theaterin Philadelphia, PA, Ended 17 Feb 2013.
American Idiot is a one-act, through-sung stage musical. The show is an adaptation of punk rock band Green Day's concept album of the same name. Additional Green Day songs were interpolated from other sources, including 21st Century Breakdown, American Idiot b-sides, and an unreleased song called "When It's Time". The book is by Green Day's lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer. The music is by Green Day and the lyrics are by Armstrong.
The story, expanded from that of the concept album, centers on three disaffected young men, Johnny, Will, and Tunny. Johnny and Tunny flee stifling suburbia and their parents' restrictions. The pair look for meaning in life and try out the freedom and excitement of the city.
Will stays home to work out his relationship with his pregnant girlfriend. Tunny quickly gives up on life in the city, joins the military, and is shipped off to war. Johnny finds a part of himself that he grows to dislike, has a relationship and experiences lost love.
This is not a Green Day concert - this is the stage version of American Idiot developed by Green Day and Michael Mayer. Although the band will not appear on stage, the show will definitely rock.
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