by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)
Somewhere in downtown L.A. (at the corner of E. Olympic and S. Santa Fe, to be exact) there's a warehouse where the late 90s and early aughts are alive and well -- thanks to a rollicking production based on one of the most influential rock bands of the past 20 years.
Crafted from the iconic Grammy-winning album by Green Day, the stage adaptation of American Idiot chronicles the frustration, anger, and dreams of a lost American generation as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world. Directed by Topher Rhys and Jen Oundjian, with musical direction by Elmo Zapp, the high-octane, 90-minute show is an immersive experience that never lets go of its audience, thanks to the powerhouse performances that charge every inch of the industrial venue.
Among those memorable performances are a couple of showstoppers from Payson Lewis and Lindsay Pearce. You may have caught their YoutTube cover of the band's classic "Basket Case." Or maybe you've already caught one of their electrifying turns in For The Record, the cabaret-like troupe that has been taking West Hollywood by storm over at DBA. And if you haven't, then once you catch American Idiot (now through June 7), you'll become a fan.
And here's what happened when we caught up with the talented twosome...