On The Town: 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend
Looking for something to do in Chicago this weekend? Check out our handy list, which includes Bobby McFerrin, Three Dog Night, comedians Jim Gaffigan and Erik Griffin, Chicago Opera Theater and Joffrey Ballet's 'Othello.'
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If you are new to "American Idiot," which was far and away the best Broadway musical of 2010 even though the Tony went to "Memphis", let us refresh a few points. This is, in essence, a theatrical treatment of the 2004 Green Day album of the same name. It is a revelation in many ways, pulling out the inherent theatricality of Green Day's music and the narrative richness of Armstrong's lyrics. Michael Mayer, the director and co-writer, added just enough of a character-driven story to carry the show but not too much that one loses the crucial sense of collage, soundscape and expressionistic treatment of a moment in American history (and a moment in most of our youths) when choices and paths opened up but we were too confused to know which ones to take ¿ and, alas, too inexperienced to understand that many of them won't open again. -- Chris Jones
Through Sunday at Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St.; $18-$85 at 800-775-2000 or broadwayinchicago.com
Read the full "American Idiot" review