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New Rock-A-Long Performance for American Idiot at the Arts Theatre

Friday, 29th Jul 2016  

Audiences at the Arts Theatre last year enjoyed a special performance of the ongoing musical American Idiot. Dubbed a ‘Rock-A-Long’ performance, it saw audiences ‘rock out’ with the talent and clearly proved to be a big success.

So with that in mind it’s no wonder the production has announced another such performance this September, giving audiences another opportunity to experience American Idiot in a unique way just prior to the show’s closure later in the same month.

American Idiot is a jukebox musical that takes its cues from the hit songs of American band Green Day. It does for the punk group what Mamma Mia! does for Abba or what Jersey Boys does for The Four Seasons, with an array of hit songs – plucked from their back catalogue - performed as a story unfolds.

In this case it is the story childhood friends living in the States in the years after 9/11. Not only does it feature songs from Green Day’s album American Idiot, it also honours that concept album’s message as we meet the characters of Johnny (Newton Faulkner), Will (Steve Rushton) and Tunny (Alexis Gerred), who have grown up together and now have very different, albeit unsatisfying lives. The show also stars Amelia Lily as Whatshername.

Lily is no stranger to audiences in the capital as she has not only made a previous foray into the world of musical theatre, but also made herself known to audiences for her work on The X-Factor, which saw her reach the final three back in 2011.

Green Day has been around since the 1980s and the band has released numerous albums since that time, ranging from early releases like 1992’s Kerplunk and 1995’s Insomniac to more recent releases like 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown. American Idiot was released in 2004 and was famous as it was released in the post-9/11 world and came with some relevant messages.

This stage musical of that album first emerged in 2009 in the United States, with its Broadway premiere in 2010. It then arrived at the West End’s Arts Theatre in 2005, where it returned this year.

It continues until Sunday 25th September 2016, with its Rock-A-Long performance taking place on Thursday 8th September 2016.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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