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Friday, June 15, 2012

American Idiot: Our Podcast Review

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 4:00 PM

click to enlarge Van Hughes and Joshua Kobak star in the musical that's returned to the town where it started. - DOUG HAMILTON
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  • Van Hughes and Joshua Kobak star in the musical that's returned to the town where it started.

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.

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