Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT an Extravaganza Worthy of Broadway

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 6, 2016

APSU Opera recently presented two glorious and well-executed pieces — A Hand of Bridge and This is the Rill Speaking — both brilliantly directed by Lisa Conklin-Bishop.

The performances always bring me to tears. The talent, the energy and sheer joy of it all make for a glorious Sunday afternoon.

I wanted to stand up down front and shout, “All of you who loved this, let everyone you know what a super event they have missed — so many young, talented and beautifully trained voices.”

Tonight and Saturday at 8:00pm we continue Green Day’s American Idiot, a multimedia extravaganza worthy of Broadway. The final performances of this punk rock opera, presented in partnership with CDE Lightband, are next Wednesday and Thursday, May 11 and 12, at 7:00pm and Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, at 8:00pm.

For those whose tastes run toward the fun and frivolous, SHREK The Musical JR. has your name written all over it. Our Saturday School of the Arts — Jesse Boyle, Addisyn Bryant, Olivia Casey, Adianna Cervantes, Kourtni Cottrell, Marlon Cuevas, Ava DoVanne, Allison Ferebee, Brent Gallagher, Ehma Herrera, Jasmine Holmes, Riley Jenkins, Truman Jepson, Jacob Johnson, Emma Justice, Patrick Long, Anna Maddux, Sidney McCarty, Nate Miller, Rebecca Morrison, Robert Mullen, Lauren Mund, Madeline O’Connor, Emma Petrie, Michael Phillips, Lillie Rich, Aidan Sartor, Tristan Sartor, Tanner Sigears, Georgia Smith, Austin Stewart and Jewel Stewart — has been working literally for months to mount this fairy tale odyssey where every character the Brothers Grimm imagined, and then some, merge to make a touching and laugh-right-out-loud story of a green ogre who meets a beautiful princess and falls in love.

SHREK The Musical JR. opens on Friday, May 20, at 6:00pm. Performances continue May 21, 24, 25, 28, 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 at 6:00pm; May 21, 28, June 4 and 11 at 2:00pm; and May 26 at 7:00pm. All tickets are $15.

In a little over two weeks, things will be “Happenin'” on 1280 Madison Street at Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Hollemans’ home. This annual Monday after-work soiree is our way of jumpstarting our 34th season with food (Fire & Ice Catering), drink (mint juleps by MB Roland Distillery, wine by Beachaven Winery, beer by Budweiser of Clarksville and AJAX Distributing) and entertainment (Stuart Bonnington & Curious Bluegrass) when we announce next season’s lineup, opening with … wait, I’m not supposed to say.

But Elvis is part of it, as is a cousin of Jimmy Swaggart — and it’s all worth a million. And did I mention Rocky? (And I don’t mean Balboa.) What about that lad of Wilde’s who never grows up? (And I don’t mean Pan.) And there’s a prince who will be king, and a 6’2″ elf or a nostalgic Christmas show — and all that is just in the fall and early winter.

“Happenin’ at the Hollemans” is Monday, May 23, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are $50 per person.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

Previous post:

Next post: