Thursday, April 14, 2011

"American Idiot" on Broadway -- Music Great -- Story, Not So Much

I am on my way to Washington, D.C. from New York this week to be part of TechAmerica's Cloud2 Commission that will make recommendations to the Obama Administration (okay, there is the digital media/technology angle for this post). During my New York City sojourn, last night, I saw the Green Day musical "American Idiot" on Broadway. And, Billie Joe Armstrong himself played the part of St. Jimmy -- which was an incredible fortuity for me, since I am a huge Green Day/Billie Joe Armstrong fan. Great musician. Great talent. Great passion.

So, what's the verdict on the production? Not surprisingly, the music was outstanding. And, equally not surprising, Billie Joe Armstrong was outstanding in his role (which is a secondary one). He is a born entertainer. The male lead also was outstanding. So far, so good.

But, as much as I wanted to like the production ... really like it ... I never got to that point. In fact, by the show's end, things had begun to drag and I was ready to call it a night. Why? Because the story itself was a jumbled mess for me -- very difficult to follow. So, the musical played more like a Green Day concert that was mostly sung without Green Day than an actual Broadway production. Overall, a strong story would have made the overall experience much more memorable -- the music itself was born to be that way.

Nonetheless, I saw Billie Joe ... which was very very cool. And, that alone was worth the price of admission.