I Don't Really Want to be an American Idiot
American Idiot is definitely not a traditional broadway production, but rather more of a documentary following the life of Jonny, played by Van Hughes, and his chaotic life. With this being a highly anticipated show for me, I was not nearly as impressed as I should have been. American Idiot is at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, MN through february 26th.
I love Green Day and their music, so when I walked into American Idiot I didn’t really know what to expect. Yes, the music was fantastic and the actors did a fabulous job, but no, I was not nearly as impressed as I had expected. The show really didn’t have a story line, or at least one that I could follow, and throughout most of the it I really didn’t know what was going on. To me, the show was too hyped up for the performance that I received. I know that they actors gave it their all, and they were extremely talented, it’s just that the script wasn’t very strong or easy to follow. I feel like they threw random songs into the show and tried to create a scattered story.
Using renditions of songs originally sung by Green Day, and a live band on stage, actors really shined during their solos and ensemble pieces. The dances and acting was phenomenal, but again I really didn’t understand too much of it. Maybe it’s because I’m too young to understand, or it’s just that there really is not story. Aside from that, the singing was amazing. Every note and word sounded perfect, and the actors were very strong singers.
To me, the thing that really made the show was the technical elements of it, and the acrobatic performance during “Extraordinary Girl”. The set contained around twenty televisions which played different clips, which really helped put the scene together and make it look more realistic. The only negative lighting element was the strobe lights that they were facing towards the audience, being too bright they started giving me a headache.
In the end, I wouldn’t really recommend this to someone who isn’t a lover of Green Day, or cannot tolerate bright lights. It really did become more of a concert, and less of a broadway production.