"This show is like therapy. You can feel confused and angry when you walk in, but you leave with a better idea of how much you've got to live for."
Olivia Puckett is talking about American Idiot, the punk rock musical from Green Day that startled Broadway in 2014. It was described as a "Punk Temper Tantrum" by the New York Times. Other folks called it a Broadway firebomb.
"It was definitely a revolution," Puckett says. "It took musical theatre in a whole new direction, just like Hair did back in the 1960s. It's a punk rock, high intensity, high energy show. What can I say?"
Puckett stars as Whatsername, girlfriend of Johnny, in the touring production of the show coming to Hamilton Place.
"It's a musical about searching for truth," Puckett says. "The message is to stay true to yourself, no matter what. That means don't get caught up in the day-to-day media stuff. It means looking squarely at the issues and fighting for what's right, not living a lot of pop-culture lies.
Full interview at Hamilton Spectator: HERE