So for those of you who are unaware currently touring the UK is the show American Idiot, the musical that features the songs of Green Day. The show with the lyrics of Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer.
Starring Newton Faulkner who is joined by X Factor finalist Amelia Lily alongside Alexis Gerred, Llandyll Gove, Lucas Rush and Steve Rushton.
I was going into this musical with a completely open mind, I had no idea of the storyline, however I knew all of the songs from my punk rocker days, still using these songs to this day for a bit of classic air guitar, let’s be honest, we all do.
American Idiot is the story of three friends, post 9/11 and the journeys that they go on during this time. The show starts with news reports of 9/11, flicking through channels seeing the chaos and destruction. A sudden change of pace as they open the show with ‘American Idiot’. The perfect song to open the show you are immediately hit with loud music, energetic characters and inappropriateness that the young punks display.
You’re also physically hit, seriously. You know you’re close to the stage when the popcorn thrown on stage somehow manages to hit you in the face. The cast definitely had my attention.
I would not have pictured Newton Faulker or Amelia Lily to star in a musical such as this having seen their previous performances, but I can’t fault them, well maybe just a little…It was the accents, it’s always the accents, a general American accent…which wasn’t quiet American, so I couldn’t tell exactly where they were from but all was forgiven when they began to sing.
There were a lot of strong voices in this show, I was slightly worried about some of the upcoming harmonies but the voices blended together beautifully, and I have to give credit to my favourite song of the musical. 21 Guns. The cast nailed it, it was perfect!
The favourite character of the production has to be St. Jimmy, he was electric! The actor’s energy on stage was contagious. This spread to all three of the male leads who all had perfect comic timing but they were sensitive when needed to be.
Basically, I loved this show. It had everything excellent music, good story, great performers. I left this show feeling inspired to pursue this career so that one day I can take part in a performance as amazing as this xxx