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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 Janice Nieder
Red Velvet 313 events 97 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 Jeff1250
22 events 13 reviews

Show was a total mess, despite great cast and production. Problem is Green Day's message of punk alienation has no appeal for anyone who had to struggle at an early age and finally grew up. This is not a Peter Pan story, but a slacker special. ...continued

reviewed Jun 22 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Tony
16 events 8 reviews

Very disappointing. Disjointed plot. Overly loud. Characters were one dimensional. Vocals were "okay" at best. I would definitely pass on this one.

reviewed Jun 16 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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