The score, the performance and the staging are frenetic and passionate and ultimately provide an invigorating and enjoyable, if not illuminating, evening. The three young men are Johnny (Alex Nee), who leaves home (with mom's money) to find love (with "Whatsername," Alyssa DiPalma) and drugs; Will (Casey O'Farrell), who had hoped to escape the rut of of his life, but his girlfriend Heather (Kennedy Caughell) gets pregnant and Will finds himself in a new rut; and Tunny (Thomas Hettrick), who falls for the glamour of an Army television ad and goes off to war. All three actors are excellent. Trent Saunders is explosive as St. Jimmy, who represents Johnny's heroin habit.
The set by Christine Jones is a masterpiece of industrial/media musical sets, working at a level of near sensory overload with Darrel Maloney's Video & Production Design. Choreographer Steven Hoggett provides movement and real dance, much of which is harmonious or mechanical, and a good amount of which is like moshing (in an old fogey moment, I feared brain bruising as the dancers violently shook their heads up and down).
If the "American Idiot" album is a favorite of yours, this is a great opportunity to see and hear it performed with amazing high energy and conviction.
The American Idiot tour at Heinz Hall through February 24. For tickets and performance information, visit Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. For more information on the tour visit www.americanidiotthemusical.com/.