History can be defined by cultural milestones; the arts are a good benchmark of human endeavor and have long been a part of dramatic presentations since ancient times. Musical theater combines the elements of song, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance to express a message. Green Day’s American Idiot has truly captured the spirit of a decade we can all learn from.
Shortly after I published an article on the explosive Broadway hit, I had the opportunity to attend the show at the beautiful Ahmanson Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The theater is located in a cultural hub and provides snacks and drinks for purchase prior to show time. I suggest arriving early to secure a spot in the underground parking structure and to enjoy the sights and sounds of theater magic. The musical is a 2010 Tony Award-nominated Best Musical and a 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, featuring the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong. Needless to say, I was excited to see the show and relive the era.
The musical opens with the character of Johnny waking up in bed to find himself lost and torn between a ‘rock and roll’ dream career and the safety of a suburban lifestyle. The musical plays out like a live diary; acting out specific times and dates in the band’s career as each searches for meaning in a post 9-11 world. The musical is told almost exclusively through Green Day’s songs and is littered with a cornucopia of curse words, aerial acrobatics, and glitter. The emotional rock-opera journey embodies the hope of a new generation and the struggles of a past, told through the exceptional performances of a young yet professional cast.
The musical appropriately ends with the entire cast on stage singing the song, “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” leaving the audience with a youth driven message that applies to all age groups. Overall, the musical was an ironically sobering rock experience to remember. I definitely recommend this highly acclaimed musical and give it two thumbs up.
WHAT: Green Day’s American Idiot Broadway Musical
WHEN: March 13 – April 22, 2012
WHERE: Ahmanson Theatre | 135 North Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90012
CONTACT INFO: (213) 628-2772
Ticket Prices: $20 – $120 (subject to change.)
Performance Days and Times:
- Tuesday – Friday 8 pm
- Saturday 2 pm | 8 pm
- Sunday 1 pm | 6:30 pm
- No performances on Monday
- EXCEPTIONS: Additional 2 pm performances on Thursdays, April 5 and 19; No 1 pm performance on Sunday, April 8; No public performance on Wednesday, April 11; No 6:30 pm performance on Sunday, April 22
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