Green Day's American Idiot - EXTENDED by popular demand through August 21st!

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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 theatre. 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.

NOTE: This show contains mature content and strong language. Recommended for mature audiences.

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REVIEWS ARE IN - GREEN DAY'S AMERICAN IDIOT DELIVERS:

Review: ‘American Idiot’ delivers the proper punk snarl at Chance Theater 

Christopher Smith from The Orange County Register rocked out at Green Day’s American Idiot:
“‘American Idiot’ delivers the proper punk snarl at Chance Theater”
“Chance Theater unleashed ‘American Idiot’ in full, cheerful thrash.”
“there’s nothing dull in the staging underwriting an appropriately youthful cast”
“Efficiently and animatedly directed by James Michael McHale”
“no clenched fist is ever un-thrust, no middle finger left un-flipped.”
“The Chance ensemble did the famous tracks proud”
“this one is worth your time and money.”

'American Idiot' is a "Veritable feast for the eyes" for StageSceneLA

Steven Stanley from StageSceneLA says you have be an American Idiot not to see Green Day’s American Idiot:
“WOW!”
“Director James Michael McHale stages his ‘American Idiot’ as if its three antiheroes’ lives were being performed inside a punk rock club by ten of its angriest, angstiest denizens.”
“Thrilling dance numbers.”
“This ‘American Idiot’ is a veritable feast for the eyes.”
“‘American Idiot’ carries on Chance Theater’s tradition of thrilling audiences with intimate Orange County stagings of youth-propelled musicals at their most provocative and defiant.”
“You’d have to be an American Idiot not to put the Chance’s latest on your must-see list this summer.”

Stage and Cinema felt the visceral heat watching "Green Day's American Idiot"

Tony Frankel from Stage and Cinema got a sensory high during Chance Theater’s Green Day’s American Idiot:
“the music and performances wash over you as a sensory high”
“the sustained visceral heat of director James Michael McHale‘s production is impressive.”
“Keeping the action on boil, Miguel Cardenas’s high energy choreographer is well-done by raucous, committed performers.”
“Jared Machado stars as Johnny, and he throws himself into the role passionately. His all-out work sets the tone for the entire cast.”
“There are no slackers in this ensemble.”

Calling out to Idiot America: Stage Raw has something to say!

Dana Martin from Stage Raw thinks everyone looks punk AF in Chance Theater’s Green Day’s American Idiot:
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“Director James Michael McHale directs a powerhouse production, channeling rage into ironically refined art.”
“Miguel Cardenas’s choreography is character driven, exciting and dynamic”
“Raucous defiance emanates from the performers and their energy is infectious”
“Each takes their participation personally, and every performance is fully committed and wholehearted.”

"American Idiot" is an A-Plus Odyssey of Adolescent Angst across the U.S. of A-lienation!

Leo Buck from BuckingTrends thinks Chance Theater is boldly taking musical-theater audiences where they may never have gone before in Green Day’s American Idiot:
“What also sets this show apart is in the way each role and performance is so intermingled (and reliant on) all the others.”
“Miguel Cardenas’ choreography similarly recalls the times and places giving relevance and verve to the evolving stories.”
“Jared Machado has a strong stage presence and a robust voice that’s reminiscent of Billie Joe Armstrong”
“Dagmar Marshall-Michelson is thoroughly magnificent as the sinister “St. Jimmy”

Personal and Political: Interviews on American Idiot with Director James Michael McHale and Chance Managing Director Casey Long

Joel Beers from OC Theatre Guild interviews Green Day’s American Idiot director James Michael McHale and Chance Theater’s Casey Long about the personal and political
“As a company, we are always focused on the human connection,” in the work it produces, rather than any overt political content, says Chance Managing Director Casey Long. “And this is a show that is very much about three friends finding their place in their world after a very destabilizing event in this country”
“recognizing that what makes “American Idiot” fit so well in the Chance’s well-developed wheelhouse of musical productions is that it works on the personal and political levels.”
“It didn’t strike a chord as much as hit a vein of a generation that was trying to speak up and make its voice heard and to question authority,” says Long. “And I think that legacy of speaking out and asking questions is still alive. So, I don’t know if the musical speaks more to the reality of today as much as it’s a fire that never stopped.”

The Show Report proclaims that "American Idiot" is "thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought!"

Chris Daniels from The Show Report had a moment during Green Day’s American Idiot:
“from the moment the show opened on this panorama of baleful youngsters in its regional premiere at the venerable Chance Theater in Anaheim Saturday night, these kids made themselves heard, serving straight up each sneering lyric and snarling riff of Green Day’s gritty and dynamic sonic palette, with enough instrumental viciousness to shatter a punchbowl.”
“performed with galvanizing intensity, the terrific cast detonates a fierce aesthetic charge in this pulsating portrait of misspent youth.”
“The show is as invigorating and ultimately as moving as anything I’ve seen on stage this season.”
“Director McHale puts on an edgy, high energy show in a dazzling 95-minutes that feels like a concert wrapped in a musical.”
“The restless, convulsive choreography by Miguel Cardenas is spell-binding.”

The Orange Curtain Review wanted to keep rockin' out after seeing "American Idiot"

Daniella Litvak from The Orange Curtain Review got an adrenaline rush from Green Day’s American Idiot:
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“Machado channeled the sound of Green Day’s lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong”
“American Idiot is a high-energy show from start to finish”
“an adrenaline rush of a show”
“You want to keep rocking.”

FIRST READ THROUGH:

It might have been the first time the cast read through (it's more of a sing-through but we digress) the script together... but that DID NOT mean they didn't give us full-body chills... more than once!! seriously... "Wake me up" when this show OPENS! We can't wait!

PHOTOS: Sneaking a peek into "Green Day's American Idiot" at Design Preview Party

Reviews

Inasmuch as this winner of two “Tony Awards” isn’t exactly what you’d call your typical “Feel Good” musical, (many of its elements and the veracities they express can, at times, be downright disquieting,) it would be too great an injustice to such surprisingly pithy material to casually write-off “American Idiot’ as merely a ‘punk-rock’ or ‘new wave’ musical. It is always riveting to watch (and listen to) –the very essence of a rare and remarkable theatrical experience!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


You can’t call Green Day’s American Idiot an upbeat musical because it is frank about heavy topics like addiction and trauma. However, because it is such an adrenaline rush of a show, you don’t come out of the theater feeling depressed. You want to keep rocking.

sweet - Deniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review


Inasmuch as this winner of two “Tony Awards” isn’t exactly what you’d call your typical “Feel Good” musical, (many of its elements and the veracities they express can, at times, be downright disquieting,) it would be too great an injustice to such surprisingly pithy material to casually write-off “American Idiot’ as merely a ‘punk-rock’ or ‘new wave’ musical. It is always riveting to watch (and listen to) –the very essence of a rare and remarkable theatrical experience!

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


You can’t call Green Day’s American Idiot an upbeat musical because it is frank about heavy topics like addiction and trauma. However, because it is such an adrenaline rush of a show, you don’t come out of the theater feeling depressed. You want to keep rocking.

sweet - Deniella Litvak - The Orange Curtain Review - ...read full review