Suzi (k00kaburra) wrote,
Suzi
k00kaburra

Musical: American Idiot

Seanie and I went up to San Francisco to see Green Day's musical, American Idiot. I wish I could say that I loved it, because I really enjoyed the album American Idiot, but I thought that the show just failed on so many levels.

If you go to the show expecting a linear plot, you'll be disappointed. This is less a story than a glorified Green Day tribute concert; yes, there are characters and in theory, we follow them through their lives - but these guys are not fully realized individuals with thoughts and feelings. No, our three leads - Johnny, Will and Tunny - are simply three figureheads, three symbols of youth gone to waste. In fact, I'm not sure that their names are ever spoken on stage; they may only be named in the handbill. The three boys want to escape middle America; one goes to the city and fades out in a drug-induced haze, one joins the army and practically gets blown away, and one succumbs to his pregnant girlfriend and becomes a couch potato loser with a kid. But there's virtually no dialogue; the story is told in pantomime to a soundtrack of Green Day songs. Maybe this works for you - but me? I need motivations and crackling conversations to keep me in my seat.

Green Day songs have certainly never sounded better- I just wish greater effort had been made to turn this into a musical. I mean, goodness knows that We Will Rock You and Mamma Mia have laughable plots and paper-thin characters, but at least they tried. American Idiot does not.
Tags: green day, music, musicals, theatre
Subscribe

  • A special silhouette event!

    Today was a little different from the normal routine at the bookstore. An artist named Karl Johnson came to the store to cut silhouette portraits for…

  • Alternative Press Expo 2015

    Alternative Press Expo returned to San Jose this weekend after Comic Con International passed management of the convention back to Dan Vado, owner of…

  • Seanie Cartoon: Listening Wives

    Over the weekend, as we were walking from Wondercon at the Anaheim Convention Center to the Trader Sam's Tiki Bar over at the Disneyland Resort,…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 0 comments