Do all good things need to end? If you ask Billy Joe Armstrong, the answer seems to be: “F*ck no!”
Armstrong, along with the members of Green Day and the cast of American Idiot, said goodbye to Broadway this weekend while promising this is not the end, but the beginning. If you’re a fan of the band or the musical, then you know what I mean when I say — I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
Experiencing American Idiot on stage is a must for Green Day fans as well as lovers of live performances. The music, choreography and visuals are fantastic, and equally as important are the characters as their stories weave new meaning into Green Day’s notable songs and lyrics. The musical follows the lives of three suburban guys who’s decisions (or in-decisions) lead them down various paths until ultimately, they find themselves back where they started. Try as they might to go against the flow, to be alternative and be independent, the tie that binds them is the universal need to be accepted, heard and their lives valued.
There were moments full of angst and indifference, then touching scenes of sadness and loneliness. What surprised me was the amount of comic relief used. Closing weekend was filled with jokes and pranks (including a few jabs at Charlie Sheen “Winning!”) and it was a true pleasure to watch the cast and musicians take their final curtain call with such joy and emotion. Read Rolling Stone’s review of the big finale here.
Big thanks to my friends who shared in this wonderful experience with me. To Matt for joining me at the show and especially to Bob for hashing and re-hashing every moment (over a wonderful dinner at Momofuku) my sincere thanks and gratitude for the memories. I hope you had the time of your life.