Entering the World of American Idiot

This week at CAPA, music from Green Day’s American Idiot invades the Palace Theatre. Promising to be a high-octane “punk-rock opera,” there are emotional high notes and low notes throughout, portrayed almost completely through song and movement – challenging the cast to bring Green Day’s music to life sans dialogue! We wanted to share some cast insights (pulled from various articles and reviews) with you before you see the show… feel free to follow the links for the full articles.

Green Day's American Idiot Tour Shots

On finding your way: Alex Nee, the actor playing Johnny in the national tour, explains his character in relation to himself – “I feel like I’m going through the same transition period as Johnny. I’m 21 years old. I’m realizing I can’t always keep acting like a kid, and I’m trying to figure out what it means to grow up. Each character is struggling to find their place in the world. It’s OK to fail. We’re all just trying to figure out how to be a human being.” - Read the full article!

On the energy behind the show: Ensemble cast member Dustin Harris Smith explained to Dayton’s MostMetro.com, “‘There’s a lot of belting and screaming, and we do it healthily and have to take care of our voices, but every now and then someone has to take a performance off just based on the wear and tear of the show. There are a few people in the company who have never called out, and,’ he added with a laugh, ‘there is something very wrong with them, and they are freaks.’” Read the full article!

Billy Joe Armstrong (Green Day’s lead singer) on seeing Green Day’s music come to life: “We’ve always thought that somehow there should be some sort of stage version because that’s what we were thinking in our heads. The musical arrangements that Tom Kitt did… it’s amazing. And their energy… it’s just inspiring.” Watch a clip of the story of American Idiot.

On the “punk-rock opera” and musical theatre: “We now live in an age where the people who grew up with rock music are outnumbering the people who didn’t,” Michael Mayer, director and co-author of American Idiot, says. “And I feel that the future of musical theater kind of depends on our ability to embrace and pull together the popular music of the day – as has been Broadway tradition since the beginning – and theater craft.” Read the full article!

Green Day’s American Idiot runs through this Sunday, March 24. Tickets are still available online and through the CAPA Ticket Center (614-469-0939)!

American Idiot contains adult content and strong language.

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