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Theatre Review: Green Day's American Idiot - Edinburgh Playhouse ✭✭✭


Green Day’s American Idiot
Edinburgh Playhouse

22nd Oct 2012: As a mixed audience, including old school punks and teens with multi-coloured hair and skinny jeans, gathered at the Playhouse for the unlikely musical, Green Day’s American Idiot, they were certainly not disappointed.

The production, which was launched in 2009 and went to Broadway in 2010, follows the journey of three disaffected youths, growing up in post 9/11 America. The three friends, Johnny (Alex Nee), Will (Casey O’Farrell) and Tunny (Thomas Hettrick), who are united by their love for music, but each choosing completely different paths in life. Johnny, the anti-hero, falls into a relationship of love and drugs that is dictated by his alter-ego, St. Jimmy (Trent Saunders). The trio is full of energy and their vocals work well together, with Nee baring a more than passing resemblance to Green Day’s front man, Billie Joe Armstrong.

The company of AMERICAN IDIOT (Photo by Litwin)

A live band featured on stage throughout the show and played a pivotal role, which demonstrated the importance of ‘the music’. Although many of the songs fitted well into the plot and highlighted the depth and meaning of Green Day’s lyrics, there were songs that felt slightly shoe-horned in.
The set was simplistic with exposed scaffolding and a bank of televisions mounted on the back wall. The televisions played a series of images, phrases and political footage, which helped to set the scene and reflect the characters’ emotion.

The all American cast injected excitement and energy into the fast-paced chorography, along with strong vocals, particularly from St Jimmy (Saunders), Heather (Kennedy Caughell), Whatsername (Alyssa DiPalma) and The Extraordinary Girl (Jenna Rubaii).

The show concluded with Time of your Life, which was the perfect ending to the trio’s journey. It is a truly entertaining show, comparable with Glee, and with all the potential to be developed and expanded in the future.

3 stars out of 5 ✭✭✭

Review by Mhairi Greer


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Tour dates

October 22 - 27
Edinburgh 
Edinburgh Playhouse
18-22 Greenside Place 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3AA
Box office: 0844 871 3014

October 29 - November 3
Glasgow 
Clyde Auditorium 
SECC
Exhibition Way
Glasgow
G3 8YW
Box office: 0844 395 4000

November 5 - 10
Dublin 
Bord Gáis Energy
Grand Canal Square  
Dublin 2
Ireland
Box office: +353 (0) 818 719 377

November 12 - 24
Manchester
Palace Theatre 
Oxford Street
Manchester
M1 6FT
Box office: 0844 871 7660

November 26 - December 1
Birmingham 
Alexandra Theatre
Station Street  
Birmingham
West Midlands 
B5 4DS 
Box office: 0844 871 3011

December 4 - 16
London
HMV Hammersmith Apollo
45 Queen Caroline Street  
Hammersmith
London 
W6 9QH
Box office: 0843 221 0100

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