Green Day musical no "time of your life": critics

Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:35pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Green Day's new musical "American Idiot" lacks punk cred, edge and originality, but a good cast and powerful songs make it decent entertainment, U.S. critics said in reviews published on Wednesday.

The musical that brings the U.S. band's punk rock opera album "American Idiot" to the stage opened on Broadway on Tuesday. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote the story and helped adapt songs from the Grammy-winning 2004 album of the same name and from 2009's "21st Century Breakdown."

One of the most anticipated Broadway musicals this year, the show about three frustrated youths searching for meaning in the post-9/11 era left some reviewers underwhelmed.

"American Idiot comes across as ordinary," the Washington Post said, while The New York Observer commented: "...amid all the booming rock..." the show was "a little dull."

"It's a noble effort and not a bad way to spend a night. But, in the end, I did not have the time of my life," the Observer said, in a nod to the band's 1997 hit song "Good Riddance (Time of Your life)" that is turned into a sing-a-long guitar-strumming encore in the show.

A few reviewers were upbeat, including The New York Times, which called it a "...thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought Broadway musical."

The production captures mainstream pop but not the punk revival the band is known for, other reviewers said.

"Anyone who had hoped that Green Day would finally bring punk-rock nihilism to Broadway is about to be sorely disappointed," USA Today said, while at the same time calling it a "fundamentally affectionate, surprisingly uplifting show."   Continued...