Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review: American Idiot

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of American Idiot.
IT'S MY 50TH REVIEW! YAY! I'd just like to say thank you to everyone who has read any of my reviews, this blog wouldn't be happening without you guys! Anyway, on with the review! This show was actually quite an experience for me as I had never heard of Green Day, the band which the songs from the show come from, before and don't really listen to rock music that often. I had actually come to the show to see Amelia Lily who is making her West End debut. She was absolutely incredible and is a true star. She has now shown us another star quality of being able to act and dance. I was actually sad that she didn't have a slightly bigger role but was still very happy to have seen her in this role and I hope to see her in more West End shows. Another actor I hope to see in a show again is Natasha Barnes who also had a spectacular voice. The storyline for those interested is about three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. Its hit songs include 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams,' '21 Guns,' 'Wake Me Up When September Ends,' 'Holiday' and the title track 'American Idiot' from Green Day's 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. The emotional turmoil that the teenagers are in after 9/11 is really captivating and sad but true. The cast bring a lot of passion and emotion to the stage and it is nice that everyone in the cast had their moment in the spotlight. The cast included Aaron Sidwell as Johnny, Steve Rushton as Will, Alexis Gerred as Tunny, Amelia Lily as Whatshername, Natasha Barnes as Heather, Raquel Jones as The Extraordinary Girl and Lucas Rush as St. Jimmy. There were however a few things that I think could be a lot better. First of all I think the first half an hour either needs to be cut or changed drastically as all I felt the first half an hour was mainly running around the stage crazy with finger gestures. I also think the show was very confusing in parts. It may not be as confusing as some reviews I've read make out to be, but it could still be a bit clearer. One bit that I didn't understand was that *SPOILER ALERT* St. Jimmy is actually Johnny's alter ego. When Johnny gave up drugs and St. Jimmy killed himself I didn't understand that that was supposed to be a metaphorical death. I think this could be made a bit clearer because it is absolutely genius. Overall this show was great and I recommend it to any Green Day or Amelia Lily fans.

The featured star of American Idiot is, drum roll please… ALEXIS GERRED!

Alexis is absolutely incredible in this role. I did think about giving featured to Aaron, who was also incredible but in the end I decided it should go to Alexis. He portrays this role with so much emotion and it is really convincing. Well done to Alexis!

Now for my final verdict on American Idiot. I give American Idiot

The cast in this are really good and I hope to see all of them in the West End again soon.

Think it should have got a higher rating? Think it should have got a lower rating? If so comment below.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Three Days in the Country.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

*Please note this show has now closed.

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