'American Idiot'

If you are new to "American Idiot," which was far and away the best Broadway musical of 2010 even though the Tony went to "Memphis", let us refresh a few points. This is, in essence, a theatrical treatment of the 2004 Green Day album of the same name. It is a revelation in many ways, pulling out the inherent theatricality of Green Day's music and the narrative richness of Armstrong's lyrics. Michael Mayer, the director and co-writer, added just enough of a character-driven story to carry the show but not too much that one loses the crucial sense of collage, soundscape and expressionistic treatment of a moment in American history (and a moment in most of our youths) when choices and paths opened up but we were too confused to know which ones to take ¿ and, alas, too inexperienced to understand that many of them won't open again. -- Chris Jones Through Sunday at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.; $18-$85 at 800-775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com Read the full "American Idiot" review
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