Los Angeles Theater Preview: GREEN DAY’S AMERICAN IDIOT-RELOADED! (DOMA at The MET)

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by Tony Frankel on September 9, 2015

in Theater-Los Angeles

RETURN OF A SMART IDIOT

It’s always satisfying to see a show that really works get a remount. DOMA, which presented the best version I have ever seen of Green Day’s American Idiot is bringing back their extraordinarily successful production for a limited run next month. Inspired by a 2004 rock album by the American punk rock band Green Day, American Idiot has received its share of positive reviews since its 2009 premiere in Berkeley, CA and subsequent Broadway and national tour runs.

Jess Ford and Andrew Diego in DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Michael Lamont.

The rock musical has also received its share of shrugs, especially from patrons who couldn’t follow the lyrics or the plot (and/or because the music is so loud). DOMA understands that the show should be staged as a raw and exciting rock concert with intelligible lyrics. More than ever, there is much pleasure to be gained from the multi-media special effects and the gyrating continuous movement of the wildly talented and exuberant ensemble.

Michael Restaino, Andrew Diego, and Ty West in DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Michael Lamont.

OK, the storyline still doesn’t make too much sense, but just let the music and performances wash over you as a sensory high–the sustained visceral heat of this production is impressive. Even spectators who draw a blank at trying to follow the storyline should be impressed by the show’s high energy and the commitment of its performers.

The Cast in DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Tony Award-nominated for best musical and a Grammy Award winner for best musical show album, American Idiot features the music of Green Day with lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and a book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Songs include chart toppers “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday,” and the blockbuster title track. The DOMA production is directed by Marco Gomez, with musical direction by Christopher Raymond and choreography by Angela Todaro.

The Cast of DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT - photo by Michael Lamont.

“We plan to add a few surprises when we re-open,” says Gomez. “So if you’ve already been and want to come back, there will be even more to see.”

The Cast of DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Michael Lamont.

photos by Michael Lamont

Ty West, Jess Ford, Chris Kerrigan, and Everjohn Feliciano in DOMA's production of AMERICAN IDIOT. Photo by Michael Lamont.

Green Day’s American Idiot – Reloaded!
DOMA Theatre Company
The MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Ave.
October 2-18, 2015
EXTENDED to November 8, 2015
for tickets, call 323-802-9181 or visit Doma Theatre

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Stephanie Iturbe September 18, 2015 at 10:12 pm

I wish that I could go to concerts but I’m the only rocker in my family. Plus I’m 15.

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Tony Frankel September 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

Well, this is actually theater in concert form, Stephanie. It may be great to go with your family (salty language advisement).

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