07 March 2012

American Idiot THE MUSICAL!

March 6th Last Night was the opening of AMERICAN IDIOT the MUSICAL at the Denver Center
  && I got to attend with a few of my fellow musical theatre addicted friends!
[FRIENDS! Sarah {who is totally a better writer haha}, Chris & Kalen]

Van Hughes* as Johnny 
Joshua Kobak* as St. Jimmy
Jake Epstein as Will
Scott J. Campbell as Tunny
Leslie McDonel* as Heather
Gabrielle McClinton as Whatsername
Nicci Claspell as The Extraordinary Girl.

Talia Aaron, Krystina Alabado, Gabriel Antonacci, 
Larkin Bogan, Jennifer Bowles, Matt DeAngelis, 
Dan Gleason, Kelvin Moon Loh, Tommy McDowell, 
Jillian Mueller, Jarran Muse, Vince Oddo, 
and Okieriete Onaodowan!

Oh, you want to see IDIOT’s attractive young cast you say?
Well I am going to start with Jake Epstein because I met him that one time...
Jake Epstein (Will) in AMERICAN IDIOT
Gabrielle McClinton (Whatserame) and Van Hughes (Johnny)
Van Hughes (Johnny), Joshua Kobak (St. Jimmy) and the company
Front from left, Leslie McDonel, Gabrielle McClinton (Whatsername) and Krystina Alabado*.
Back from left, Talia Aaron, Nicci Claspell and Jillian Mueller

*yep! Met her too!
As you can probably tell it is a visually STUNNING show!
Scott J. Campbell (Tunny) and Nicci Claspell (The Extraordinary Girl)

I was a big Green Day fan back in high school
but I must say that adding a company of voices
and the other stage-musical arrangements are just
 mind blowing!

I dare you to listen to 21 Guns without getting goose bumps!

&& while I love this OBC recording, hearing the touring cast live is just---
there really are no words! And so many of the songs are like this!

I guess you'll just have to see it for yourself!
A direct link for tickets--in case you live in or near Denver, CO!


Denver Center Attractions has day-of-performance lottery for AMERICAN IDIOT.
  • 2½ hours prior to each performance, patrons at The Buell Theatre box office canenter their names into a lottery drum. 
  • Thirty minutes later, names will be drawn for 22 seats located in the first two rows of the orchestra pit at $25 each. 
  • This lottery is available only in-person at the box office, with a limit of two tickets per person. 
AMERICAN IDIOT plays the Buell Theatre March 6 – March 11, 2012.
Additional tickets are now on sale at www.denvercenter.org or by calling 303.893.4100.

[stage photos via DCPA]

Okay! HOW could I forget to mention the choreography?
The choreo with the music was just outstanding.
Well I am a sucker for a rocker stance on stage--see my obsession with Spring Awakening!
And there was one choreograph-theme that gave me "Touch Me" flashbacks
But there is this one scene that BLEW ME AWAY!
{In the words of River Song: SPOILERS!}
When Johnny and Whatsername were in the depths of their drug addiction
and they are wrapping and re-wrapping the tourniquet tubing around each other.
THAT ALONE was enough to make me STOKED to be 'closing' the show on Sunday!


  1. I love that version of 21 Guns! I hope I can see this musical some time!

  2. I saw American Idiot on Broadway and the entire time I couldn't stop thinking how I would much rather be seeing Green Day in concert. I got best tickets . Aside from some very talented cover bands, I don't get the appeal of seeing music you like performed by people other than the actual band.


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