An Ordinary World

books, blabberings, and a life semi-common

In the End, It’s Right

There was no doubt in my mind (or many other people’s mind) that American Idiot wouldn’t stay on Broadway for long. I think it’s a fantastic show but they had some tough factors against them, including but not limited to a theater that was too big for the production (the St. James is listed as one of the top 10 largest theaters on Broadway) and a modern rock show in a midst of emerging classical Broadway shows.

That being said, it was still jarring to read the official announcement of the show’s closing this morning. I’d been waiting for it for a while now and with the sudden drop of ticket sales from over $1m to the range of $300K due to Billie Joe’s departure, it just seemed imminent.

It’s always rough, though, to hear about a favorite show closing. Despite the number of shows I’ve seen, only three closings have affected me (well, three and a half). RENT, Spring Awakening,  and Altar Boyz all had show closings that I attended and felt emotion throughout. The half would be Hair – half only because I believe the closing should have occurred with the original cast leaving and not months later.

I don’t know how I’ll be at Idiot‘s closing. It’s a show that I love, a show I’ve attended when I’ve felt low, and a show that has lifted my spirits. Despite what happens, I’ll be at the St. James on April 24th at 7:30 pm, sitting in the front row of the mezzanine. Even though I’m not a fan of BJA returning, it will be a big party no matter what.


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