Amelia Lily in American Idiot at the Arts Theatre
Those that missed the hit jukebox musical American Idiot when it last played at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End will be thrilled to find out that the show is set to return to the same venue in 2016, with Amelia Lily and Newton Faulkner in the lead roles. It makes its welcome return to London on the back of a UK tour that takes it to venues in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and more until the beginning of July.
American Idiot is based on the concept album of the same name, released by the hit band Green Day over a decade ago. It uses tracks from the album to tell a story that deals with a post 9/11 Earth where we meet the character of Johnny, Will and Tunny, whose lives have taken very different turns as they find themselves disapointed with their lot. Johnny turns to drugs, whilst Will has a pregnant wife and Tunny heads out into the military where war beckons.
The songs that are performed include Wake Me Up When September Ends, 21 Guns, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), When It’s Time and Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, amongst many others.
Amelia Lily plays Whatsername in the production and she does so having previously played the part last year. The performer is besst known for her work on television, however, and in particular her appearances in realitvy television contests, perhaps most notably The X-Factor.
Meanwhile, Newton Faulkner is also known for his musical skills, having released numerous songs into the charts. Since emerging in 2006 he has been behind a range of albums as well as making appearances onscreen, ensuring plenty of familiar faces for this West End return.
In addition to Lily and Faulkner, the cast also includes Cellen Chugg Jones, Jemma Geanus, Alexis Gerred, Emma Housley, Llandyll Gove, Karina Hind, Lucas Rush, Lawrence Liborl, Steve Rushton and Alice Stokoe.
American Idiot makes its welcome return to the West End when it opens at the Arts Theatre on Wednesday 13th July 2016 (previews from Friday 8th July 2016).