'American Idiot' rocks again Feb. 29

Posted by John Mark Rafacz on February 29, 2012 

American Idiot, the touring Broadway musical featuring songs made famous by alternative rock band Green Day, had its Penn State debut Tuesday night to an enthusiastic Eisenhower Auditorium audience. The show wraps up its State College run with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are still available for the Feb. 29 performance.

"Amazing," wrote one audience member on the Center for the Performing Arts Facebook page. "The storytelling against Green Day's songs, the talent, the scenography, the choreography. I could go on."

"Very, very good," commented another patron. "What great talent they all have."

State College finds itself in rare company with this American Idiot tour. This is the only small-market stop on an Actors' Equity tour that features runs in major cities including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Several cast members performed in American Idiot on Broadway, while other actors have been in different Broadway productions.

Dan Gleason, a 2010 graduate of Penn State's musical theater program, is in the show's ensemble and understudies one of the lead roles.

If you're thinking about attending American Idiot with your children, keep in mind the show includes mature themes and language.

Artistic Viewpoints, featuring cast members from the show, takes place at Eisenhower at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and is free to ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints seating is limited.

Katlyn Harrison of the Daily Collegian filed this recap of the Feb. 28 performance.


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