“Overrated High School Musical”
Blinding lights, theatrical singing, and hormonal teenagers brought me to this overrated high school musical. Tuesday, February 21, American Idiot had its opening night. based off of the band Greenday and its album American Idiot we took a look into the lives of each band member. I was intrigued by the rock concert feel. The production brought me back to memories of my first concert, No Doubt with Gwen Stephanie. Both productions were loud, had audience members consistently excusing themselves to attend the bathroom, and blasting music. Although I was lost in some elements of this production talent was not absent.
With the band being on the stage I was excited to see what other elements American Idiot offered. The look of the stage reminded me of a teenage boys room, or a garage which provides a space for a band rehearsal. The set remained the same throughout the play. TV screens which allowed for many types of footage to be displayed created a interchangeable and translucent set. American Idiot started and ended with all the cast members ready to put on a show.
American Idiot has a strong sense of flow. One song related to the next which was an attribute in which made this concert like production enjoyable. Each number was performed with a strong theatrical tone, a leading reason one would consider this a high school musical like production. Many of the songs performed focused on the male leads. There were about two to three numbers that consisted of multiple girls performing and most of these were consisting of the whole cast.
The stage lights were exciting and bold. The feel of attending a rock concert was supported by these thrilling illuminations. Spot lights focused on a specific performer was not evident or not noticed. If spot lights were used they were visually drowned out by all the other strobe lights and gels being used, along with TV screens. I lost the feel of being at a concert because of the natural theatrical tone that was evident in the pronunciation of the lyrics.
A large part of the story line reflected upon the lives of each band member and their relationships between each other. The female roles in American Idiot were far from “valued.” American Idiot portrayed the young women as merely sex objects that provided the rebellious teenager with a sense of satisfaction. One element where I lost the connection between the production and the storyline was when army men became a reoccurring visual in the production. Instead of being a metaphor I investigated further and discovered that the army men were vital to the life of a band member. With the little information given through speaking I was unable to make the connection. With a poor script profane language is used numerous times throughout American Idiot.
American Idiot was full of horny, searching teenage boys attempting to be rebellious. This is portrayed by provocative scenes and bad language. I would not recommend attending American Idiot with your young children if you are not comfortable with sex, drugs, or cursing. Overrated for some, one might say that American Idiot does a swell job of entertaining a mature individual.