The story follows three best friends after the shocking aftermath of 9/11. The three don’t really know what they want to do with their lives and the musical shows the struggles and story of the three men as they all go their separate ways alongside the iconic hits of Greenday.
Along the way we see complicated relationships, war and a spiralling drug addition.
A lot of the show compromises of singing and not so much dialog which may make it hard for some of people to follow as you really have to let the music do the talking. You did however see the characters as they went on their journey into adulthood as they are sick of their life and have a dream of escaping their small town. What really stood out to me was how effortlessly all three storylines intertwined with each other and how powerful the story could be told through music.
I really enjoyed the fact that their was a live band on stage throughout the entire performance which added that extra WOW during each musical number, with the cast interacting with the band at numerous points also. The entire cast were outstanding and there were many incredible performances from individuals such as Tom Milner is exceptional as Johnny and even has everyones eyes fixed in those silent moments. I personally found this scene very powerful but it did make me feel as though the show was more for the older audience as it could be quite upsetting for younger or more vulnerable viewers alongside other scenes from this show.
This musical is full of energy from the choreography, the attention to deal and to the belting vocals. American Idiot is full of Green Day hits such as “Holiday” “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends”. Which is enough to please any Green Day fans (Such as my Husband).
This show really did surprise me and I stand by my 5 stars as American Idiot really did have the WOW factor. It’s a musical like no other for all the right reasons. From start to finish I felt a rollercoaster of emotions and this musical is one not to be missed!
American Idiot is at Milton Keynes Theatre from the 23rd April until the 27th April -Book your tickets now.
*Tickets for this show were gifted to me by Milton Keynes theatre – All views expressed are my own*