Tonight we saw the musical American Idiot at the Orpheum. Wow, that was bad, really bad. Let me save you $40+, do not go see it. Even if you bought tickets, don’t go. It was pathetic.
There was no acting. Non-stop Green Day music was blaring. I felt like I was listening to 90 minutes of noise. Flashing lights blind the audience. There’s zero plot. The characters scream the lyrics; I assume they’re drowning out their lack of vocal talent. The choreography was unacceptably poor for a staged production. It looked like it had been choreographed by my 12-year-old self.
They say, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all. The one good thing was that the musical was only 90 minutes long and played straight through without intermission. That must have been by design. If they’d had intermission, the theater would have been empty.
Here’s a visual: a dozen actors jerking their head to the beat on-stage and Keith beside me, clutching his head. This musical gives the Orpheum a bad name. Hard to believe it got picked up and went to Broadway! It should have stayed at the Berkeley Rep and died there.