Liverpool Empire: Green Day’s American Idiot

american idiot

Back in the late 90’s/early noughties, before emos were even a ‘thing’, you were either a goth or a punk and chances are, if you were a punk at least, you were deffo into Green Day. Forget Abba and Queen musicals, American Idiot is the musical for the disaffected youth of 1996-2002… give or take a few years – so if this is you, dust off your chains, spike bracelets and blue hair dye and get ready for a trip down nostalgia lane.

The plot follows a group of three friends, all with the same dream, but whose lives end up taking very different paths. Here’s what you need to know (without spoliing it):


  • Newton Faulkner’s gravelly voice
  • The live band rocking out on their guitars above the stage the whole way through
  • The arrangement and choreography of Boulevard of Broken Dreams was a bit special
  • It’s upbeat and will have you tapping your feet the whole way through
  • It’s like being on a night out at ‘The K’
  • Newton Faulker’s abs
  • The twist on St Jimmy genuinely has you guessing which way it’s gonna go all the way through.


  • Some plot points were over-explained. For example, there’s a point when someone is quite obviously purchasing a pregnancy test but then it’s followed up by a dance number involving people mimicking peeing on sticks. It’s ok, we got it straightaway.
  • Some of the rockier, upbeat numbers were a little hard to make out properly – although if you know the album well then I doubt this would be a problem.

Unanswered questions

  • Why does Amelia Lily have to sing every line squatting with her hands outstretched?

We give American Idiot… ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – we had the time of our life!

American Idiot runs at The Empire theatre from 21st June – 25th June. Get your tickets here.



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