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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).