We've all heard of adapting books and movies for the stage. But albums? Green Day's American Idiot, a musical now at the Orpheum, at least came from a concept album that features recurring characters and a continuous story. It's a story many of us have heard by now: the musical premiered in Berkeley Rep in 2009 before heading to Broadway, and now it's returned as part of a national tour. Theater critics Lily Janiak and Benjamin Wachs get back to the roots of the project, discussing what the adaptation captures from the album and what it misses, in a podcast produced by Benjamin Wachs. Listen to it below.
American Idiot continues through July 8 at the Orpheum Theater, 1192 Market (at 8th), S.F. Admission is $25 and up.