Perth leg of American Idiot kicks off this weekend
Green Day fans listen up, it’s American Idiot - the musical
If you were born in the nineties, chances are you are familiar with the American rock sensation that was Green Day’s 2004 album, American Idiot. The album is a coming of age acknowledgement of a generation whose upbringing was influenced heavily by politically motivated war events such as the Twin Towers terror attack and the Iraq war. Two of the most politically potent songs off the album were “Holiday” and “American Idiot”, the latter having now been transformed into a musical theatre smash hit.
Winner of two Tony Awards plus a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Musical Show, this show features powerful performances, high-energy songs, and is once again timely with the current state of world politics since the election of President Trump.
A little reminder for the teen rager in you
Fun Fact: This music video was filmed live, with the band playing at double time and at half speed to keep their body movements on their instruments in time with the music.
American Idiot follows three friends navigating the post-9/11 age, coping with the aftermath by throwing themselves into sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll. The show rings true with potent feelings of teen angst, filled with rage and love brought to life with the title song’s signature guitar riff. Sharing the role of St Jimmy are two Aussie rockers, Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) and Adalita (Magic Dirt).
The rock musical is an accumulation of fears, frustrations and broken dreams in a world where political agenda saturates the mainstream media (think FOX News' rhetoric). Expect the cast to tug at your heartstrings as they trudge their way through a violent world and the heartache that comes with it trying to find themselves.
Showing at Crown Theatre Perth from 2 to 11 February. Tickets on sale now.
Cover Image Credit: Dylan Evans