University of California-Irvine | 2018
Directed by: Andrew Palermo Music Direction: Lex Leigh Choreography: Allison Eversol Chasteen
Scenic Design: Brandon PT Davis Costume Design: Jennifer Clark Lighting Design: David Hernandez Sound Design: Jordan Tani Projections: Elizabeth Barrett Photography: Paul Kennedy An energetic rock musical, American Idiot, is a high-concept show that takes Green Day's chart-topping 2005 punk rock album and brings it vibrantly to life. The musical centers on three young, restless men, Johnny, Tunny, and Will. In their attempt to break out of their uninspiring suburban world, the group part ways in search of higher meaning in each other's lives. In the journeys they encounter in the city, in the army, or back home- the young men explore the delicate balance between rage and love- a conflict that defines their generation.
The mundaneness of concrete structure was used to tie in the urban and suburban lifestyle presented in the show. I viewed the production as being about leaving what you know to find that what you needed to discover was yourself.