American Idiot – The Musical
Ever since my early teenage years I have loved Green Day’s music.
I can’t remember when it happened but the first Green Day song I’ve ever listened to is ‘Basket Case’.
This song set the foundation for my long lasting love for Green Day’s musical genius.
Upon arriving I didn’t know what to expect and my only worry honestly was that this night might ruin the ‘American Idiot’ concept album, which provided the story for the musical, for me.
You know, like when you read a book and absolutely love it and then go and see the film and you are disappointed.
Luckily that did not happen.
Once entered the intimate Arts Theatre the audience was greeted with a flickering TV hanging above the stage, which got switched on as the show started showing scenes of the pre 9/11 America.
Obviously the song to kick off the 90 minute rock show is the lead single of the same titled album ‘American Idiot’.
The cast gave an impressive and very energetic rendition of the song and had the entire theatre hooked from the first riff.
The musical portrays the story of three friends Johnny (Aaron Sidwell), Tunny (Alexis Gerred) and Will (Steve Rushton) as they try to escape the boredom of suburbia.
But life has different things in mind for the teenage boys and they all end up going their own way, by joining the army or being stuck at home struggling with fatherhood.
However, main character Johnny finally makes it into the city and is quickly blinded by the bright city lights as he strays from the right path, struggling with his Alter-Ego St. Jimmy (Lucas Rush) while somehow finding love in Whatsername (Amelia Lily), despite having showered for god knows how long.
Life happens and if you have ever listened to the ‘American Idiot’ album you might know what to expect from Johnny’s antics.
All I can say is that the musical will probably blow your mind.
Some will even find themselves catapulted back to their own wild rock ‘n’ roll teenage days, maybe a little less intense than the ‘American Idiot’ characters experience.
However, no matter how much or how little you can identify with the protagonists, the story captivates and will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
The UK cast lives up to your wildest expectations and might even surpass everything you could have ever asked for.
The voices are on point with truly outstanding performances by Alexis Gerred (Tunny) and Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), it is simply more than just music to your ears.
To be honest, ‘American Idiot’ is not your typical musical; it is best compared with a rock show. If you manage to peel your eyes from the happenings on stage and have a look around, you will be surprised how basically the whole audience is bobbing their heads along to the guitar sound, or is quietly or sometimes not so quietly singing along.
In general, the ‘American Idiot’ audience is not a quiet one, some random ‘seat dancing’ might ensue and massive sing-alongs might happen, but what is certain is that there will be a massive applause after every song.
The whole musical actually feels a lot like a concert, apart from the fact that you are glued to your seats.
So what do we make of having the ‘American Idiot’ musical in lovely London town?
If you are a fan of Green Day or if you like your music loud and with rocking guitars, than by all means get down to the Arts Theatre in the West end, join the #IdiotNation and you will have the time of your life.
I promise. 😉