Green Day’s Powerhouse Album Was Brought to Life by Penn State Centre Stage
Penn State Centre Stage presented Green Day’s smash-hit musical ‘American Idiot‘ from February 14th to the 25th. The musical was performed at the Playhouse Theater, in the theater building. The show featured every song from Green Day’s album, ‘American Idiot’, as well as a few songs from the following album, ’21st Century Breakdown’.
Directed by Dan Carter, the show featured an fitting and detailed set along with the props. The live band playing on stage did a great job with every song.
The musical started with the powerful opening number, “American Idiot”, which introduced us to three best friends, Johnny, Will and Tunny. The musical was centered around these three struggling to find their purpose in a post-9/11 world.
From the beginning, the three friends are dissatisfied with the city they live in. They decided to flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of the city. However, before this happens, Will’s girlfriend finds out she is pregnant and Will decides to stay back with her.
Johnny and Tunny end up in a run down hotel and shortly after arriving in the city, their paths become estranged. While Johnny is out catching the attention of a seductive love interest, Whatsername and finding a dangerous new friendship, Tunny is compelled with images of patriotism and joins the armed forces.
Coming back to the hotel and finding Tunny gone, Johnny delves deeper into his two new relationships he started. The musical continued to show each of the friends life as time passed. Will’s girlfriend leaves with the baby after getting fed up with his weed-and-alcohol fueled apathy. Tunny and three other soldiers end up in a military hospital in the Middle East after an explosion occurs.
Many other things happen to the three friends and after their fair share of mostly negative experiences, they all end up coming back to their hometown. Everyone is reunited, the three best friends, Will, his girlfriend and child, as well as other friends they haven’t seen in a year.
Time has past now, and Johnny thinks back to the time he spent with Whatsername and the mistakes he’s made, and for once, he can finally live with the struggle between rage and love that makes up his life. The show ends with the cast coming on stage with guitars and performing ‘Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)’.
All in all, it was an amazing rendition of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot. The entire cast was phenomenal, the dancing and singing were both amazing. If you didn’t have the chance to make it to this musical, be sure to check out Barbecue, playing March 21st to April 1st.
Photos: Patrick Mansell