High Five

Dan Gleason of ‘American Idiot’ on other rock opera concepts

“Growing up I always wanted to be a rock star and I also wanted to do musical theater,’’ says Dan Gleason, a Franklin native. So, he says, joining the ensemble for the national tour of the Green Day musical “American Idiot’’ “gives me an odd opportunity to do both.’’ You can check out the actor-singer-dancer living the dream on stage at the Opera House this weekend. We recently chatted with Gleason, 23, about five other rock opera concepts whose stories he imagines would make good musicals.

1. Pink Floyd, “The Wall’’ “That would be badass. I think not only would it be a hit with Pink Floyd fans but also with theatergoers.’’

2. The Avett Brothers, “Mignonette’’ “It’s brilliant. It’s based on a true story about a British ship lost in 1884. There were four survivors and after 19 days of being stranded they eventually ate the weakest one. It’s a tragic story.’’


3. The Decemberists, “The Hazards of Love’’ “It’s almost like a tragic version of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ where you have the dichotomy between the magical forest and the civilized town outside.’’

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4. The Dear Hunter, “Act I,’’ “Act II,’’ and “Act III’’ “It tells this really intricate story of a prostitute in a crime-ridden city who is able to escape the city and raise her son. When she dies her son is left with no one to guide him and the boy ends up right where his mother didn’t want him.’’

5. Coheed and Cambria, “The Amory Wars’’ “I think it would actually be better served as a movie musical. It’s just this supercool, sci-fi, futuristic story about this messianic figure seeking revenge for his murdered family.’’