An Ordinary World

books, blabberings, and a life semi-common

Bringing the House Down

Last night’s show wasn’t perfect. I didn’t like some of the actors in his or her roles. It was lengthened due to long applause and audience participation. I made faces at some fans.

But it was pretty much one of the best nights I’ve ever had at a Broadway show.

I didn’t cry. I think I did all my crying at Stark Sands’ last show and I’m okay with that. This show? This final performance? It was fun. I cheered and I clapped and I mouthed along during the songs. I may or may not have marked the “Last of the American Girls/She’s a Rebel” dance in my seat.

And at the end of the show, I was so extremely happy that I’ve been a fan of this show from its Broadway start to its Broadway close. I’m incredibly honored to have seen so many talented actors perform on that stage in that set singing songs I absolutely love.

I’ll be honest – I am all about seeing the tour for this show. I’d love to see how it looks in another theatre but, more importantly, I have a feeling I’d just really love to see it live again.

For now, though, check out the final “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” performance on Broadway.

Oh, right, did I mention that Green Day was pretty awesome and gave the audience a bit of a concert? It was pretty sweet. I took two videos before I thought, Fuck it. I want to enjoy this right now.

During “Murder City,” Leslie and Libby came out but the rest of the cast quickly joined them on stage for some good drinks and dancing. Meanwhile, the audience was up and dancing and singing along. MT and I were in the front row of the mezzanine and more than once, we both thought the mezzanine (or the balcony maybe) would go crashing down. It was shaking like hell up there. Sure it was a little scary but it was just too much fun to care after a while.

More than a few times, the cast decided to do the choreography while Green Day performed. You’d think they’d be sick of it by now but I’m very glad they did it one more time. The entirety of “Jesus of Suburbia,” complete with Mary and Jeanna singing the “Dearly Beloved” part and practically everyone in the theatre doing the hand motions for “I Don’t Care,” was brilliant. I wish I had taken video of the whole thing but I was too busy joining in the fun. I did, however, manage to capture a piece of it.

Anyway… Thanks Green Day and thanks to the cast and crew of American Idiot for all the fun this past year (plus a few days)! I couldn’t have asked for a better show to be obsessed with!


One response to “Bringing the House Down

  1. Kristin Brænne 25 April 2011 at 4:07 pm


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