With the world abuzz over the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, it is fitting to review a Broadway show that deals with the aftermath of 9/11. The critically acclaimed Rock Opera “American Idiot” aims to shed some light on an entire generation of young people that were shaken by the events of 9/11. The show tells the story of 3 young men: Will, Tunny, and Johnny, all looking for their place in life. The three best friends experience love, disappointment, envy, rejection and camaraderie in their journeys, until they all meet in the show’s final, sublimating scene.
The show feature a musical score comprised of the fantastic rock band Green Day’s complete album American Idiot. The band noted that when writing the album they always had in mind that it may be a basis for a show, or a movie. The musical meets the albums lively tone with very energetic dance powerful acting and eye popping set design.
The show that aired in 2010 has earned mixed reviews among critics who may have had a tough time handling the young, next generation vibe that the show emits. Audiences love it tough – it has snagged two broadway.com audience awards for best leading actor and for favorite ensemble, and was nominated 3 tony awards for best musical, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, and for Best Lighting Design of a Musical. It has also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.
The show that was running at the St. James Theatre on Broadway is now off the stage in preparation for a tour starting next fall. Broadway show tickets for American Idiot are not available at the moment, but you can get tickets to see the show on tour here.