The show, which runs May 28 through June 2 at the San Diego Civil Theatre, takes the audience through the three men’s emotional journeys as mostly told through Green Day’s songs.
“This is such a potent time for our country and the search of our characters for what to believe in is gorgeously celebrated through Billie Joe [Armstrong] and Green Day’s wonderfully lush score,” said Tom Hulce, producer.
American Idiot features Green Day’s hits, “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from the band’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included in the score are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”
The musical was nominated Best Musical for a Tony Award and won a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Musical Show Album.
Thomas Hettrick plays one of the three friends, Tunny, who goes off to fight in the Middle East. Hettrick said he relates to his character’s desire to leave suburban Jingletown, USA, to find his purpose in life. “I grew up in Rockland County, New York,” he said. “Nothing was really there for me, personally. [Green Day’s ‘Jesus of Suburbia’] talks about that – being stuck in a place without a purpose and wanting to leave.”
“I wanted to leave, go to the city, and find what it is I’m supposed to do,” said Hettrick, who recently graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting.
Hettrick’s character, Tunny, has an experience to which some San Diegans can relate. While he’s deployed, he gets shot and loses his leg, becoming a Wounded Warrior. After Tunny becomes an amputee, he gains an informed perspective toward his hometown when he realizes that’s where he belongs. “He comes full circle and is a little wiser after what’s happened,” Hettrick said.
Although Hettrick may be able to empathize with Tunny’s soul searching, he admits he can’t imagine what real veterans have gone through. “I can only respect them all the more for what they’ve done. By the end of the show, I can understand why someone would want to join and fight for their country,” he said.
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