When I was about 14, my sister got into Green Day. Naturally, because she was the cooler twin, I started copying her and listened to them a little too (only American Idiot, mind…).
Over a decade later (ew) I was excited to see how the album was translated onto the stage in musical form.
It’s now the show’s 10-year anniversary, and American Idiot is on its UK tour. This week it arrived at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre for a few days, and I was lucky enough to go to the press night to review the production.
The cast received a standing ovation, and I was transported back to 2005 as soon as the first chords of the opening number split open.
I reviewed the show for Broadway World UK, and you can read the whole thing on their website. Here’s a snippet to get you interested:
“American Idiot brings Green Day’s much-loved album to life in a punk-rock production that rebels against the musical archetype and vigorously sticks its middle finger up to everything and anything that gets in its way.”