Green Day's American Idiot Theatre Review - DOMA's Newest Success



Green Day's American Idiot - photo by Michael Lamont

For over ten years now, the creators of DOMA - Marco Gomez and Dolf Ramos, have provided consistent quality - producing Broadway plays on a smaller scale that almost rivaled Broadway, itself.


A rock opera along the lines of the classic Hair,  Green Day's American Idiot: The Musical, now playing at DOMA has, even though it has just opened, already been extended an additional two weeks to accommodate those who wanted tickets was produced by Marco Gomez, Dolf Ramos and Chris Raymond.


Green Day's American Idiot -St. Jimmy- photo by Michael Lamont

With the music of Green Day and the lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, the play being written by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer, the story centers around three lifelong friends - Johnny (Jess Ford), Tunny (Chris Kerrigan) and Will (Wesley Moran.) 


Green Day's American Idiot - St. Jimmy (Andrew Diego) photos by Michael Lamont

While Will stays home with his pregnant girlfriend, Heather (Jackee Bianchi), Tunny and Johnny go off to war returning changed men.  Tunny (Chris Kerrigan - who played a wonderful Jekyll and Hyde a few years back - reminds me a bit of Jack Black) suffers physically, while Johnny, who meets up with Whatshername (Renee Cohen) suffers emotionally as he tangles with drugs and St. Jimmy (Andrew Diego.)


Green Day's American Idiot - Will (Wesley Moran) and Heather (Jackee Bianchi) photo by Michael Lamont

The singing and dancing, choreographed by Angela Todaro, with music by Chris Raymond, was wonderful, though sometimes it was hard to hear the words over the music.  The acting, as usual for DOMA, was phenomenal.


Other great performers who graced this play were Cassandra Nuss, Alex Allen, Sandra Diana Cantu, Kevin Corsini, Tony Cellucci, Everjohn Feliciano, Blair Grotbeck, Lillian Manasala, Angeline Mirenda, Johnny Ortiz,  Nohely Quiroz, Michael Anthony Restaino, Brittany Rodin, Marni Stone, Dekontee Tuckrkile, Luaren Tyni, Ty West, and Anthony D. Willis, who served as dance captain.   The band led by Chris Raymond, included Graham Chapman on bass, David Abrams with guitar 1. Andy Moresi Guitar 2,  and Logan Shrewsbury with drums.  Audio engineers were Noelle Sammour and Julio Rodriguez. 


Green Day's American Idiot - Tunny (Chris Kerrigan) and Johnny (Jess Ford)- photo by Michael Lamont

Scenic design was John Iacovelli, while Rafael Isaac Delgado, Jr doing the scene painting and William Lidderdale the builder.  Lighting was done by Jean-Yves Tessier and sound by Julie FerrinMichael Mullen did the costumes assisted by Jennifer Bendik and Alexandra Johnson, with Hallie Baran, with Bruce Thron assisting, working the props.   Gabrieal Griego was the production manager/assistant director, with Laura Forst managing the stage and JC Chavez taking care of the house.  Kayla Dudenhoeffer worked the spotlight.  Lucy Pollak did the public relations.   Jimmy Menjivar was social media/operations manager. 


Green Day's American Idiot - Johnny and St. Jimmy - photo by Trish Geiger

The musical version made its debut premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2009, and was nominated for a Tony Award as best musical with a Grammy for best musical show album. It has since played to sell out audiences with songs like  "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "21 Guns," "Wake Me UP When September Ends," and "Holiday." 


With increasing success, DOMA has become a non-profit 501(c)3 and has now dedicated itself not only to providing for musical theater and the arts, but affordable housing for low-income families  and runaway youths. 


Green Day's American Idiot - photo by Michael Lamont

Their first charity to be adopted assists families with cancer ridden children Padres Contra el Cancer  (Parents Against Cancer)  The founder appeared on stage to accept the generous gift of $10,000 along with Latin Grammy Star ,  an ambassador for the group.  They welcome any donations, which are tax deductible.   


Green Day's American Idiot - photo by Michael Lamont

American Idiot contains some adult content, strong language, fog, strobe lights, and very loud rock music.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. (dark on July 4), Sundays at 3 p.m.


The play runs until July 26, 2015, at the Met Theatre, with tickets running $20 to $34.99.  There is parking three blocks east of the theatre for $6. 


If you can get tickets, it's a fun, foot stomping event.

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