An­them of the Youth

A rock mu­si­cal be­comes the voice of the Mil­len­ni­als

Manila Bulletin - - Front Page - By SARA GRACE C. FOJAS

A rock mu­si­cal be­comes the voice of the Mil­len­ni­als

“Iwalk this empty street, in the boule­vard of bro­ken dreams”—a line from Green Day’s song “Boule­vard of Bro­ken Dreams” rep­re­sents the youth, those of them with heads full of dreams, and hearts slowly los­ing hope.

Why do they lose hope? Most adults think the rea­sons are petty—want­ing to be ac­cepted, low self-es­teem—or some­thing more ma­jor, like drugs, teenage preg­nancy, peer pres­sure, and al­co­hol. One way th­ese kids cope is through mu­sic, whether by Se­lena Gomez, Tay­lor Swift, One Di­rec­tion, Panic! At the Disco, or Green Day.

Green Day is a punk rock band that has cap­tured the angst and prob­lems of the youth. Their songs from the Amer­i­can Idiot al­bum talked of their strug­gles and, through their songs, walked with them on the “boule­vard of bro­ken dreams.”

The al­bum was in­spired by the 9/11 bomb­ing, Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, and war, and gave a gen­er­a­tion their fa­vorite songs such as “Amer­i­can Idiot,” “Boule­vard of Bro­ken Dreams,” “Wake Me Up When Septem­ber Ends,” and more. The nine-track al­bum yielded nu­mer­ous awards such as Fa­vorite Pop/Rock Al­bum from the Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards in 2005, Best In­ter­na­tional Al­bum from the Brit Awards in 2005, the Best 10 In­ter­na­tional Rock and Pop Al­bums of the Year in 2005 from the Ja­pan Gold Disc Awards, Best In­ter­na­tional Al­bum of the Year from Juno Awards, Best Al­bum from MTV Mu­sic Awards. Not only that, it even tran­spired into a rock mu­si­cal, be­cause if you lis­ten to the songs, you’ll re­al­ize that it is ac­tu­ally a story. Green Day’s rock opera Amer­i­can Idiot, writ­ten by vo­cal­ist

Billy Joe Arm­strong him­self, is about three young men Johnny, Will, and Tunny who con­front the harsh re­al­i­ties of the world—a sym­bolic lost Amer­ica post-9/11, where they must face the chal­lenges of love, teen preg­nancy, war, and loss. Each of them has his own strug­gles: Tunny is shipped to war; Will gets his girl­friend preg­nant; and Johnny turns to drugs as he ex­pe­ri­ences failed re­la­tion­ships and lost love.

The mu­si­cal is set to the in­cred­i­bly bit­ing and riv­et­ing mu­sic of Green Day that fea­tures a sur­pris­ingly pro­found un­der­stand­ing of the pains and frus­tra­tions of be­ing young to­day.

Seven years af­ter the mu­si­cal was cre­ated in 2009, the rock op-

era is now go­ing to have a Filipino ver­sion, with our fa­vorite rock stars sing­ing and danc­ing to our fa­vorite Green Day songs. The mu­si­cal will have rock icons as front row acts such as Basti Ar­tadi of Wolfgang, Miggy Chavez of Chicosci, for­mer River­maya vo­cal­ists Ja­son Fer­nan­dez and Norby David, and vet­eran thes­pi­ans such as Nel Gomez. It is di­rected by Rob­bie Gue­vara of 9Works The­atri­cal. On June 24, pre­pare your­self for a night of rock mu­sic opera at the open­ing of the Globe Iconic Store at the Boni­fa­cio Global City Am­phithe­ater. The venue will fea­ture a pi­o­neer­ing glass bridge con­nected to two sep­a­rate stores in op­po­site build­ings. It is flanked by two mas­sive LED screens on each side that can be con­verted into a per­for­mance space.

“We are do­ing this to be a medium of aware­ness for the youth to­day, and to bring a valu­able les­son on what to­day’s gen­er­a­tion should avoid, such as drugs, peer pres­sure, teen preg­nancy, and more. The show is very rel­e­vant to our time. It’s about the strug­gles of the youth,” says Globe Re­tail Trans­for­ma­tion and Stores man­age­ment head, Joe Caliro.

Oth­ers in the cast are Yanah Laurel, Alex Godinez, Ela Lison­dra. Round­ing it up are Kai Atienza, Ariel Reonal, Gian Glo­ria, Mako Alonso, Sarah Facuri, Ch­esko Ro­driguez, Shalee Vi­cen­cio, Mark Tayag, and Ken­drick Ibasco. “The mu­si­cal cen­ters on the tra­vails of the three main char­ac­ters. The story is told through songs. As a direc­tor, I think one of the fail­ures or why they are id­iots is the fact that they don’t go back to fam­ily or they don’t act as fam­ily which for me is the foun­da­tion for the suc­cess of any hu­man be­ing. Al­ways have a fam­ily. This show re­flects that. With­out a fam­ily, what you do may lead to un­hap­pi­ness or be­ing an idiot,” says direc­tor Rob­bie.

Green Day’s Amer­i­can Idiot will have a to­tal of nine nights show from June 24 to July 9. www.globe.com.ph/amer­i­can-idiot; 02 891 9999; www.tick­et­world.com.ph.

The mu­si­cal is set to the in­cred­i­bly bit­ing and riv­et­ing mu­sic of Green Day that fea­tures a sur­pris­ingly pro­found un­der­stand­ing of the pains and frus­tra­tions of be­ing young to­day.

Ja­son Fer­nan­dez, Miggy Chavez, and Nel Gomez

Basti Ar­tadi

Ela Lison­dra, Yanah Laurel, and Alex Godinez

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