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  • The interpretation of the actual album is interesting, it includes a pretty large cast which ends up working very nicely in the overall production and I thought the musical altogether was very enjoyable
  • To be honest, this was the first musical that I was actually very excited to actually see and my standards were definitely met and then blown away by this excellent production
  • The Good – The best thing about this musical is that it honestly let the music tell the story
  • Although the story differs slightly from the story of the album, or at least the way that I personally interpreted the album, this story works just as well and incorporates songs from 21st Century Breakdown very tastefully in my opinion
  • The stage and props were another aspect of this musical that really impressed me and that I thought was excellent


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview – American Idiot The Musical is a musical production that showed at The Berkeley Rep Theater which was primarily based off of the songs from Green Day’s album, American Idiot. Along with all of the tracks from the rock opera, American Idiot, the musical also included a few tracks from Green Day’s latest release, 21st Century Breakdown, and also a B-side from American Idiot as well. The interpretation of the actual album is interesting, it includes a pretty large cast which ends up working very nicely in the overall production and I thought the musical altogether was very enjoyable. Everything from the live band to the actual acting to the choreography to the lighting was excellent and even much better than I expected. To be honest, this was the first musical that I was actually very excited to actually see and my standards were definitely met and then blown away by this excellent production. One final note, which isn’t a big deal but something I personally think is quite odd but very cool is that Green Day chose to only show this play at The Berkeley Rep, a theater

      in a town where they basically have all of their roots from. They could’ve easily taken this nationwide, or every across the world probably, and made a lot more money off of it, but they chose not to overdo it and keep it local in Berkeley and only run it for about two months, an interesting yet noble choice in my opinion.

      The Good – The best thing about this musical is that it honestly let the music tell the story. Besides very brief dialogue in between songs, there’s really not much talking between characters and nothing to get in the way of the message and story that the music of Green Day is used to convey. Although the story differs slightly from the story of the album, or at least the way that I personally interpreted the album, this story works just as well and incorporates songs from 21st Century Breakdown very tastefully in my opinion. Another good thing about this play were that the actors and actresses could actually sing very well, in fact some of them had great power in their voice and a lot of range ...


      • to them which let them take the Green Day song and actually play around with it and twist it a bit to match their character and make it more of their own, it was definitely interesting to hear and worked for just about all of the ones who did this. The stage and props were another aspect of this musical that really impressed me and that I thought was excellent. The stage is constantly shifting throughout most of the musical yet the actors and actresses do it very quickly and it isn’t an awkward change at all, it’s somehow incorporated with the excellent choreography of the play, which leads me to my next point. Each song in this production had very distinct and unique choreography to go along with it and this is what made the play so great. At first, when I first saw the choreography for the first song, American Idiot, I was thinking to myself, I hope the rest of the play isn’t like this and I was a bit skeptical. However, as the song progressed I started to see that the choreography fit extremely well
        with the music and definitely gained better appreciation for it.

        The Bad – I really have no complaints about this musical because all of the songs fit straight in with the story that was trying to be told and all of the songs of American Idiot were used, even a few from 21st Century Breakdown actually which I thought was interesting. Since they’re two different albums, you might think that they may not work so well together, but this definitely wasn’t the case and they were able to blend and mix very nicely and work to convey the overall story of the play. Obviously, some of the actors and actresses sounded better than others vocally but no one really did that terrible of a job. At first I wasn’t really enjoying the actor who played St. Jimmy because his vocal tone was just so strange but after a bit I saw that it actually fit the cynical style of St. Jimmy’s character. Although some things may seem a bit strange or out of place at first, by the end of the play, I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll have changed your mind.




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