In 2004, the band Green Day released their 7th album entitled American Idiot. The album went on to win two Grammy Awards: Best Rock Album as well as Record of the Year for the hit single 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams', and has sold over 12 million copies to date. In June of 2008, fueled by a passion for the story embedded in the album and possessed of a desire to unearth and expand upon it, acclaimed Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and Green Day began a collaboration to bring American Idiot to the stage.
American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9/11 world leads them on the most exhilarating theatrical journey of the season.
The musical takes you through an emotional journey of desperation, frustration, rage, love, being lost and finding home. It’s the music and the characters telling the story through the songs and the dancing, no need for wordy dialogues to tell what's going on, and that truly shows the power this music consists of.
When the show started, the curtains went up and reveled the spectacular set to the noise from over 20 TV screens on the wall, all showing news of wars and chaos in the world. The pictures and news headlines popping up on the TV screens throughout the performance really empower the emotions of the performance and moral of the songs and story.
The story of American Idiot shows that life can be unpredictable and unfair, but still beautiful. To learn from the lessons in life and value the memories that comes with it. This emotional and thrilling journey American Idiot consists of, is the journey of life and the road to self-discovery.
Seeing American Idiot was seeing the songs from the album come alive in a magnificent and powerful performance. Thrilling, exciting, deep and amazing. American Idiot rocked!
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