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.
- 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.