Punks and theater lovers alike may find something to agree on.
“American Idiot” the musical based on the 2004 platinum Green Day album is set to visit the Palace Theatre, located at 34 W. Broad St., Tuesday through Sunday. The rock opera is focused around three angry young men and their different attempts at leaving suburbia. One goes off to war (Tunny), one heads to the city and finds love and drugs (Johnny), and one stays at home with his pregnant girlfriend and gets stoned (Will).
Alyssa DiPalma plays Whatsername, Johnny’s love interest. She said she wanted the role since she first saw the show about three years ago.
She said the character, who she described as a “freedom fighter” and “mother of the revolution,” is fun to live vicariously through.
“She’s really kind of a hellion and I’m not so it’s really exciting,” she said. She added that she’s embraced the independent spirit and passion of Whatsername in her own life.
The show ran on Broadway from April 2010 to April 2011 and is currently touring nationwide for the second time. This is the first time the show will come to Columbus said Rolanda Copley, publicist for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts, in an email.
DiPalma described the musical as an “attack on the senses,” but in a good way.
“(It’s) a lot of noise – really great noise. It’s very emotionally thrilling, mentally thrilling and visually stunning,” she said. “It’s a very extreme show.”
The extreme nature of the show includes sexual scenes, cursing and adult themes. Copley said there is no age limit to the show, but “we ask parents to make their best judgment.”
The styles of punk and opera may not seem to go together. DiPalma said she found the combination odd at first, but quickly saw how the two musical styles could mesh.
“We were talking through what punk rock is, and punk rock has always been about sticking it to the man and doing unexpected things that are out of the norm. So making a musical out of a punk rock CD is kind of the most punk rock thing you could do because nobody expected it and nobody expected the success it had.”
That success partially comes in the form of two Tonys for the Broadway run – one for best scenic design of a musical and one for best lighting design of a musical.
DiPalma said rehearsals began in July 2012 and the show has been on tour in the U.K and U.S. since October, and sometimes it is tiring.
“I think the hardest part is how tired we are from the combination of traveling and doing such a physical show, but it’s funny how that kind of evaporates the minute the show starts,” she said.
The cast have a pre-show ritual of chants and handshakes that she said help put them in the right mindset for the show.
The plot focuses significantly on post 9/11 America and how younger generations have dealt with the stress and media-inundated culture, something DiPalma said is relatable to the younger cast.
“I think that we all kind of ended up having to live in this very fearful world, this particular generation, and we got kind of stuck having to grow up with a lot of limitations and restrictions only based on fear of the outside world,” she said. “I think that this show really speaks to this generation and says you know you have to break through all that fear and all of those restrictions and live your own life.”
Erica Beimesche, a first-year in exploration, said she plans to attend the show to fulfill a theater class requirement, but hopes to get more out of it.
“I’m a big theater lover. I don’t know much about Green Day, I’ve heard a few of their more popular songs so I think that making a musical out of that is a pretty interesting topic,” she said. Beismesche said she expected the show to focus on the band’s common song themes of revolution and social change.
The show is set to begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with performances at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $28 and are available through Ticketmaster or the CAPA Theatre Box Office, located at 39 E. State St.
Students at Ohio State coming back from spring break are accustomed to looking forward to spending time on a beach. It does not have either sand or an ocean, but what is recognized as “oval beach” plays host to bathing suits, towels and Frisbees.
The remaining weeks of classes during the spring semester may not have students out on the oval with bathing suits anymore, though, due to classes ending on April 22 this year instead of a warmer June 1 in 2012.
Llewellyn Holder, third-year film studies major, laughed and said he identified himself as a “frequent ovaler” in his two previous years at OSU. Holder said he may no longer hold that title any longer with lower temperatures in the last weeks of spring semester.
“The weather is unpredictable here in Ohio, especially in April,” said Holder. “I think there will be people willing to go even if it’s not nice as it used to be but traffic will probably still be down. People will go to the oval, it may just not be known as a beach any longer.”
Rita Finy, third-year civil engineer major, said her attendance to the oval will depend on the temperature.
“The ideal oval beach day would probably be 75 degrees and sunny. Not too hot, but I definitely need it to be warm,” said Finy.
According to weather.com, average temperatures in the last week of regular classes scheduled at OSU are in the mid to upper 60s, with a record high temperature of 86 degrees.
Holder said his ideal oval beach day would be 80 degrees and sunny.
Garrett Goodling, third-year biology major, said he probably won’t be going to the oval to spend time with friends after two years of doing so.
“The timing of when we get out of school is draining oval beach time out. The time where I think the temperatures will just start increasing is when we will be taking finals and I will be studying so I won’t have much time,” said Goodling.
Goodling will be taking a class during OSU’s Maymester and he said he will take advantage of the warm weather then, but it won’t be the same with fewer students around campus.
While Goodling will wait on the warm temperatures, students like Holder will brave the temperatures to hold the tradition of oval beach.
“Regardless of the weather I will be there, rain or shine I plan on making it to the oval a couple times,” said Holder. “It’s a part of the tradition so I plan on continuing that.”