Monday, March 30, 2009
Green Day Doing a Punk Musical?
I was just informed that Green Day will be going musical. As in the genre. Green Day's superb album American Idiot, now a musical, will run in the 2009-10 season from Sept. 4 through Oct. 11.
I approve of Green Day. Let's face it. The Killers and a plethora of other indie bands in the US and on the other side of the pond, would not be the bands they are without the very solid Green Day influence. And I enjoy the kind of androgyny that Billie Joe Armstrong sports.
Now, I don't do musicals. It's a genre that says nothing to me. Generally, if I don't like or approve of something, I show my lack of interest and dislike by not discussing it or not including it in any way in my own discourse. Ignoring something is kinder than verbally addressing it negatively, I find. Ergo, the extreme economy of speech on this genre.
Let me explain why I don't do musicals. My musical diet since basically childhood consisted of the opera and rock. As a teenager, I fell in love with punk and, well, c'est tout. With this kind of conditioning and acquisition, there is no room for musicals. To me, musicals ooze a kind of affectation I can't tolerate. They actually vex me.
Having said that, I would see the Green Day musical. Why? Because it's Green Day. And because it's in California. And those who know me, know that the latter is reason enough!
So, if the musical goes punk, and it seems to be going punk with this particular project, I will have to definitely support it.
"The punks are invading the theater. A new musical production adapted from “American Idiot,” the best-selling album by the punk band Green Day, is scheduled to make its debut in September at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California.
Berkeley Rep is to announce Monday that the new work, also titled “American Idiot,” will have its premiere as the first production of the theater’s 2009-10 season, and run from Sept. 4 through Oct. 11.
The musical is a collaboration between Green Day — the Bay Area rock trio consisting of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool — and Michael Mayer, the Tony Award-winning director of “Spring Awakening.”
The project is also causing some shock to the band members, who acknowledge that they had grand aspirations for “American Idiot” but perhaps not quite this grand."
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