American Idiot Tour
Posted 06 December 2012 - 02:03 PM
Posted 08 December 2012 - 08:19 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 08:03 PM
Totally lost in the Hammersmith Apollo and the circle was barely half full.
I do take issue with this.....why choose to stage a show in a venue they simply cannot sell out. The show had a run on Broadway but was not even a capacity filler in much smaller theatre there.
It was like a bad pop concert but with inferior lighting (simply too much strobing).
For some reason it reminded me of "Hair" and "Spring Awakening".
Too badly executed for a concert and not good enough for a musical, some of the individual songs were excellent and performed really well but there was a lack of narrative and no development of characters (it could have been anyone singing the songs onstage).
But overall I am still totally perplexed at the choice of venue more than anything else.....
Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:55 AM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:07 AM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 11:52 AM
Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:11 PM
I'm not usually all that fussed by dancing in musicals, but I thought it worked incredibly well here, actually telling the story along with the music. Obviously said story is best described as abstract, almost impressionistic, but I think that worked rather well with the music - the album itself is rather a bizarre mix.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 09:07 AM
Now, I'm a huuuge Green Day fan, they're my favourite band, but that actually lowered my expectations for this - a bunch of other people singing their songs made me rather skeptical over whether I'd actually be able to enjoy it. But it turns out I did - for a musical based on an album (and where the producer had insisted on having all the tracks from the album in order) the story wasn't bad - cheesy and cliche, maybe, but then it's a musical The album itself has its own story which the musical expands on, and for me, it gave a lot of the songs a new meaning which was really cool. The energy of the cast was amazing - I spent the entire first song grinning like a loon because the energy was so infectious. The choreography is great too, it was 'messy' but fitted with the songs and attitude of the music.
The vocals were fantastic - 21 Guns in particular gave me chills, it was that good. The harmonies!
I'm rather sad I only saw it the once - I saw the last show in Dublin, and if I'd known how good it was I'd have probably booked a second one. I'm sure seeing Green Day in London in a few months will ease the pain though haha!
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