It seems like there might be quite a few metaphysical miles between farm country outside Bartlesville, Okla., and the perhaps less rarefied air of Jingletown, USA.
But Kennedy Caughell has made the journey from one to the other, and she couldn't be happier with where she ended up.
In the stage musical “American Idiot,” Jingletown is a kind of suburban wasteland where mind-numbing TV rules and three young males, Johnny, Will and Tunny, go in the direction of no direction, smoking cigarettes and drinking beers in a basement. Meanwhile, Will's girlfriend, Heather, is pregnant and uncertain what she should do.
The musical is an adaptation of the 2004 rock opera “American Idiot” by the punk rock band Green Day. At first, at least, unhappiness and angst prevail as we watch the lives of the protagonists unfold and in some cases unravel. But Caughell said it is also a show that people can relate to, and there's lots of energy in its musical numbers.
“I really enjoy it. It's a show that speaks for the underdog,” said Caughell, who plays Heather in the current national touring production of “American Idiot” that comes to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts for a five-performance run beginning at 8 p.m. Friday.
“It's your average Joe story. They're stuck in life and don't know how to get out.”
Heather ends up taking her baby and walking out on Will, who remains in drug-induced apathy.
“I think she's strong and smart. She doesn't start off that way, but I really enjoy telling Heather's story because I think it needs to be told,” Caughell said.
Full article at Worcester Telegram: HERE
Full list of American Idiot Tour Dates: HERE