Saturday, March 23, 2013

American Idiot: Slice 23 of 31

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Greenday's American Idiot musical was playing last night at the Palace Theater in Columbus.  At the last minute we decided to purchase two tickets to see it.  We did something we don't normally do, we purchased seats on the floor.  We were midway back in the theater which seats about 2,500.  It was a new experience to actually be able to see the facial expressions of the actors in the show.

The story is about three friends who part ways to pursue their dreams, but life doesn't always turn out as we plan.  Each struggles with his own obstacles along the way.

The three stories weave together simply and the play seems more about the music than the story.  Most songs featured in the performance are from Green Day's American Idiot album.  If you like the music of Green Day, you'll enjoy the way the songs are put together to tell a story.

Every time I see a musical there seems to be a character who stands out to me.  In American Idiot I enjoyed the performance of Trent Saunders who played St. Jimmy.  His character seemed to stand for the temptations that can easily pull someone under in this world.  Saunders' voice was strong and resonated in the theater.  It seemed the cast came to life when he came out on stage.

American Idiot will be in Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois in the coming month (schedule of shows).


  1. I love musicals but am more familiar with the older Broadway shows. This sounds like a good one, though.

  2. This sounds like a great show and would be fun to see. Maybe the Johnsons will head over to the Palace Theater tomorrow. :)

  3. This is one that caught my eye and I've never seen. I did seen Green Day on The American Idiot tour. It was a last minute invitation from a friend. We had the best time, even though most of the audience could have been our kids. ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. I must say I've not heard of this, but it sounds like a provocative play, & with music too! Sounds like you enjoyed it all, Cathy. Good night out!

  5. Haven't heard of this one, but next time Mama Mia comes to town we must go together. BEST BROADWAY MUSICAL...EVER! I've seen it twice and almost wet myself laughing both times! Thanks for prompting the memory! Glad you got a night out! Gladder you sliced it up for us to enjoy as well!

  6. I love musical theatre, and when I taught 8th grade we used to take our students to Toronto for 2 days and always caught a musical at one of Ed Mirvish's theatres. Many of my students had never even seen a real play, much less one with singing and dancing. We saw Rock of Ages, Billy Elliott and a couple of others. My students and I were in awe. This fall we went as a family to see Sister Act. It was spectacular to sit on the floor, close enough to see faces. It does make a difference, but it was expensive. I'm glad you enjoyed a spur of the moment night out, and I'll be looking for this one.


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