American Idiot

Will is the guy who stays home, who does right by his pregnant girlfriend and gives up his dreams rather than move to the big city with his two friends. Except it doesn’t work, and what better way to play out his angst than with Green Day’s punk rock opera American Idiot, coming to the Hobby Center courtesy of Gexa Energy Broadway for four one-act performances over three days. American Idiot the album (which originally came out in 2004 at the height of the Iraq war) received the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album, and the Broadway show itself won a 2010 Tony® Award nomination for Best Musical. The 90-minute show features politically caustic lyrics by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, but with a style of punk rock that has some of its harsher edges removed. Casey O’Farrell, who has been touring for the past two years with the show, sums up his character with the song titled “Too Much, Too Soon.” “Will is experiencing too much of life too soon for his own good. He’s one of three guys frustrated with growing up in suburban America. He stays home to be the father, which he is also not prepared to handle. He ends up pushing his family away and his friends away and ends up in this isolated state of depression.” Between songs, the action moves forward three or four weeks each time, O’Farrell says. This isn’t a show for young kids, he cautions, nor for those who are going to be offended by the opinionated Armstrong’s take on the effect of social media on America with lingering negatives about the war in Iraq. “The show is all written around post-911, political and the state of America.” O’Farrell finds expressing such sentiments through song “really liberating,” and says he respects the show for its “raw honesty.”

8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713-315-2525 or visit $35 to $104.95.
Fri., March 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 2 p.m., 2014

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Olivia Flores Alvarez