I had to laugh reading the comments on my last post, as it was kindly pointed out to me that I mentioned what I did before the show and who I saw after the show, but never really mentioned what I thought about the show itself. I think that's a product of living in New Jersey, where one of the perks (and it's a big one, almost balances out having the country's highest property taxes and insurance rates) is living close enough to New York City (2-3 hours, depending on traffic) and Philadelphia (just over an hour) to go there pretty much... anytime. So we do have access to some pretty incredible stuff, Broadway included. And since chances are that people you know will see what you saw, you learn not to give too much away. And since we've been involved in theater since we were kids and have seen a lot of Bway shows, I know my opinion is sometimes a little too... opinionated.
So... what is it about? If you know the album, you have probably pretty much worked it out, since it was written as a concept album. It's about three friends coming of age. They have a band and they plan to leave their small town and take on the world. One's dream gets cut short (Will) when his girlfriend gets pregnant and he stays home, drunk and depressed. One (Tunny) gets disillusioned with the music scene and joins the army, gets injured in battle, falls in love with his nurse. The other (Johnny), bitter at his second friend for abandoning him, tries to stick with music but is not very successful. Gets sucked into drugs, falls in love, then has to choose one over the other. The storyline follows the three through their choices and figuring out who they are.
The cast was amazing. There are three main male leads, and they were all very good. Stark Sands (Tunny) enunciated like a good Broadway actor (lol) but it was a little awkward in the punk music. Still, his voice was amazing. John Gallagher, Jr. (Johnny) was the original Moritz in Spring Awakening, and I had Spring Awakening flashbacks through those first few songs until the story began and he became more the character.
Overall, if you're not familiar with Green Day, this might not be the show for you, because I felt that it helped a lot to know the music beforehand. Also, if you don't get to Broadway very often, you might want to stick with something more of the big, showy musical like Phantom, to get that experience. But that's not to say it wasn't a great show. If it's your kind of music, and you're not looking for the big, majestic Les Mis or Miss Saigon story (it's not meant to be that, the scenery remains basically the same and there aren't a lot of costume changes), if you want a great, loud, punk rock show experience, it's totally the show for you. (Oh, and bonus, Green Day fans - the American Idiot album is awesome by itself, but they also throw in 21 Guns and Time of Your Life. Woo!)