Punk rock and stage musicals can be a fantastic combination
When Green Day adapted their album American Idiot for the stage three years ago, there were raised eyebrows from both the musical theatre community and their punk rock fanbase.
Needlessly so, it would transpire; just as the 2004 concept album itself was a global smash that cemented the band as a stadium-filling rock act, the musical went on to be a Broadway hit.
Now, since the 2009 premiere in Berkeley, California, it’s transferred to New York, embarked on a US tour this summer and played through the UK – now it’s ready to rock London.
Written against the backdrop of the US’s post 9/11 engagements, American Idiot is a politically-charged show that tells the tale of three young men, and the different choices they make – Will (Casey O’Farrell) is glued to the couch in Nowheresville, US, with a kid a pregnant girlfriend.
The other two, lead Johnny (Alex Nee) and Tunny (Thomas Hettrick), head for the big city, where their stories diverge.
Tunny opts for the military and Middle Eastern deployment while Johnny follows a path of addiction and lost love, before making peace with the world and himself.
American Idiot Hammersmith Apollo,W6 9QH. December 4-16. £22.50+
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