Saturday, March 31, 2012

American Idiot Part Deux

So, American Idiot.

Yeah, my grandfather didn't like it.  I can tell you're all shocked.  Mom actually liked it a lot more than she thought she would.  My cousins of course thought it was great and my aunt and uncle both seemed to enjoy it.  My mom thinks that my grandmother "got it"but it's pretty clear that my grandfather was unhappy.  A few elderly theatre patrons walked out during the opening number, much to the delight of the cast who followed them from one end of the stage to the other, and my grandfather announced that if he were alone he would walk out too.

Overall it was pretty good.  I thought the staging was what really held everything together.  It really is more of a punk rock opera than a musical, going from one song into the next almost immediately.  The only negative thing I can really say is that almost half the songs just don't work for an ensemble.  If you can get over the semi-awkwardness of some of the arrangements you'll be ok.  I liked it.

On another note, I don't consider myself to be a huge Green Day fan.  I don't own any of their albums or know any of their songs that weren't on the radio.  Even so, this was the music I grew up with and is, in many ways, the voice of my generation.  I was amazed at the effect the show had on me--taking me right back to the angst, the disaffection, and the sense of being lost that my friends and I went through as teenagers.

It's ok if my grandparents didn't "get it".  I did.

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