Aaron Sidwell (Loserville: The Musical) heads the cast as the disaffected Johnny, who convinces his friends Tunny and Will to move to the city in an attempt to escape the dead-end lives they have been handed. Their plans quickly disintegrate and the friends find themselves in the wake of 9/11, separated by fatherhood, war, and drug abuse. American Idiot fractures into three separate stories of fractured lives in a fractured age and does so with dynamic and angry urgency.
The Grammy award-winning score features the best of Green Day, including ‘American Idiot’, ‘Jesus of Suburbia’, ‘Holiday’, and ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’. American Idiot is however the jukebox musical with a message, and Billie Joe Armstrong declares himself as a forceful voice of his generation. The big ideas and big music are all squeezed into the intimate Arts Theatre which means every performance packs the punch of a high octane rock gig.
Joining Aaron Sidwell is Alexis Gerred as Tunny, Steve Rushton as Will, and X Factor star Amelia Lily makes her West End debut as Whatsername, a mysterious woman who steals Johnny’s heart and catches his imagination.
American Idiot is playing at the Arts Theatre until 22nd November 2015.
Recommended forIf you’re looking for a new musical as an antidote to more tame productions, this comes highly recommended. Lovers of musicals like Rent, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, We Will Rock You, and Spring Awakening will enjoy Billie Joe Armstrong’s rock opera.
Age Recommendations: Recommended for 14+