10 years on. Still an anthem for troubled youth. Greenday’s American Idiot the Musical rocks the Palace Theatre stage, celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Following the lives of three teenagers Johnny, Will and Tunny who just want to leave their small town lives for the big city. The punk-rock musical takes place just after 9/11, and the teens stage their rebellions against the government.
Of course, the path to liberty never did run smooth, and the boys are quickly split up, with one joining the army, one getting his girlfriend pregnant and finally one gets engrossed in the dangerous world of drugs.
Greenday’s concept album is the fuel for this show, featuring hits such as “Wake Me Up When September Ends”, “Jesus of Suburbia” and the title song, “American Idiot”. If you go for songs alone, you won’t be disappointed, as the vocal talent from the cast is outstanding. Stand out performers has to be Shekinah McFarlane, X Factor’s Sam Lavery and Joshua Dowen.
The score is performed live by a rockstar four-piece band that not only accompany the songs but give the scenes some real drama with underscoring.
Racky Plews’ direction and choreography is dramatic and punchy but sometimes feels a bit obvious, with moments like a person writing “broken dreams” under a boulevard sign. Nevertheless, creative storytelling is entertaining as well as mesmerising. Be prepared for one of the coolest quick changes you will ever see on stage!
On at Manchester’s Palace Theatre until the 6th of April, tickets and information can be found on their website.