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Green Day's American Not Quite An Idiot - But Far From Mensa!


The ghost of Rent hangs heavily on the shoulders of American Idiot the musical.

What made the Jonathan Larson rock opera so great is serious lacking, unfortunately, from the Green Day stage adaptation of their album.

We caught American Idiot on its opening night Wednesday at the Ahmanson theater in Los Angeles, and while we did not have an awful time, we did find the show to be disappointing. It felt very one-note to us.

Angst! Angst! And more angst!

What made Rent such a well-rounded and appealing show is that it is not just about the drama in the lives of young people, but it is also a celebration! It was pathos, but it was mixed with La Vie Boheme!

That joie de vivre is sorely missing from American Idiot. It's the same reason why we thoroughly dislike Spring Awakening.

There's only so much whining we can take!

We really weren't invested in the characters, didn't care if they lived or died, but we did think all the actors were great. The staging and direction was fine, and the projections were awesome.

The choreography, however, was a big distraction. The way it was done just did not work for us. Oh, and all that strobe lighting nearly gave us a seizure! And we're not even epileptic!

Idiot's saving grace, though, is the SUPER STELLAR music by Green Day. Those songs are so much better than the show!

If it had more UPLIFTING moments - like in the encore when they sing Time Of Your Life - and if the book was majorly reworked so we cared about all the characters, the musical would be a lot more compelling!

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Bring It On The Musical Scores! Three Cheers!

We had the pleasure of attending Bring It On the musical at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night and….

We really liked it!

It was surprisingly good!

We went in with really low expectations but were very pleasantly surprised!

The show's producers assembled an impressive team of talent to create the show, "inspired" by the hit cheerleading movie but not an actual adaptation of the film.

And it truly is a stellar crew that put Bring It On the musical together:

The high-flying original musical comedy features libretto by Tony Award®-winner Jeff Whitty, music and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning composer Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights"), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award®-winning composer Tom Kitt ("Next to Normal"), lyrics by Broadway lyricist Amanda Green ("High Fidelity") and music supervision by Tony® and Grammy® Award-winner Alex Lacamoire ("In the Heights"). The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® -winner Andy Blankenbuehler ("In the Heights").

The show is not quite ready for Broadway, but it's very close!

What we liked most about the show was the music! It was a stellar score with equally good lyrics that felt fun and fresh and was a major win!

The new story was fun and the book captured the tone of the film quite well.

Our biggest critique of the show is that while most of the performances were adequate, there was only ONE actor that was truly exceptional! Adrienne Warren as Danielle totally stole the show! A complete triple threat! Her voice was on-point, her dancing was fab and her acting was nuanced!

If the show goes to Broadway, we also would consider investing more money into the production design and reworking the costumes.

But overall it was a very very enjoyable experience!

Like Legally Blonde meets High School Musical, Bring It On is lighthearted good fun!

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