Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fall in Love All Over Again: Green Day Hits The Stage

I grew out of musicals at about the same time I grew of out Steve Madden platform loafers. And while I have since vehemently discarded anything resembling a chunky sole, I can still recite, by-heart, basically every show that ever hit the New York stage. This is partially due to my alarmingly adept audio-memory, but it’s mostly because I loved them. And when you really love something you’re bound to grow up, but you may never truly grow out.

Having said that, I nearly started blushing when I read that Green Day (another past/present/future love) is teaming up with "Spring Awakening’s" Michael Mayer to develop their 2004 album “American Idiot” into a musical. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong tells The New York Times “It doesn’t make a lot of sense, but that’s what I love about it. When people see it, it’s going to be my wildest dream.” My thoughts exactly.

The yet-to-be-elaborated-on production, also called “American Idiot,” is scheduled to debut at California’s Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September. No word on whether it will make it to our Big City, but if the 12 million copies of the album sold, the Tonys behind "Spring Awakening" and the success of shows like The Who’s "Tommy" are any indicator, I doubt we’ll have to transverse the nation to further stimulate our obsession. Which is good, because I already have a major crush and I am not into long distance relationships.

Final Word: Since we’re talking about old loves (or is it just me consumed with that lately?), "Whatshername," the final track on “American Idiot,” is the perfect place to begin revisiting the album. I already, obvi, know it by heart. 

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