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SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102
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4.2 / 5 Rated by 197 members
Review from Bob S.
Red Velvet 274 events 258 reviews

Saw it in Berkeley pre-B'way and it is just as good and powerful now. Really love how Green Day's songs take so well to expanded chorale vocals. Simple storytelling with almost no additional dialogue beyond the song lyrics but it works. Actors...continued

reviewed Jul 04 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from TheaterLuvrSF
Red Velvet 262 events 180 reviews

Absolutely loved this! I think that this is one of those plays where you can read all of the Goldstar reviews (which I did), and still not know if you are going to like this. You just have to go and decide for yourself. 1/3 of the songs were...continued

reviewed Jun 17 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Janice Nieder
Red Velvet 317 events 99 reviews

First half was very loud yet words were almsot impossible to understand. It got better as it went on. Resonably talented cast but found storyline very predictable and dated.

reviewed Jun 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Elizabeth H
Red Velvet 107 events 68 reviews

superbly performed and staged. A bit loud at times for those who don't live for punk but enough ballads to give the eardrums the occasional rest.

reviewed Jun 13 2012 report as inappropriate
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Slinging razor guitars, thundering drums and an anti-hero named Johnny. Not the prelude of typical entries in the canon of musical theater. But these elements herald a groundbreaking American musical all  the same: with the burning passion of characters who yearn for something more, songs bursting with emotion and a story that dares you to feel and celebrate and hope.

The music of Green Day and the lyrics of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong captured the zeitgeist of a generation with its Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum album. American Idiot puts those raw emotions front and center in a highly theatrical and thoroughly satisfying rock opera that burns up the stage.

Monster hits like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track soar like they  were written for the stage under the direction of Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Olivier Award winner Steven Hoggett (Black Watch_) and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (_Next to Normal).

The performance runs 90 minutes with no intermission and is recommended for audiences ages 10 years old and older.

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