Reviewed on Wednesday 22nd July 2015
Having opened on Broadway in 2010, Green Day musical American Idiot previously toured the UK in 2012. Three years later the show is back, with an all new production directed and choreographed by Racky Plews at the West End's Arts Theatre.
The score features all the tracks from Green Day's American Idiot album as well as a few numbers from their 21st Century Breakdown album. Beforehand I wasn't sure how much of the music I was going to know, but it turned out I knew pretty much the majority of the score which features the likes of 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams', '21 Guns', 'Wake Me Up When September Ends' and 'Holiday'.
Elsewhere Alexis Gerred is strong as Tunn; his vocal tone is perfect for the score and he has strong presence throughout. Lucas Rush fully embraces every moment as St. Jimmy whilst Natasha Barnes and former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily showcase some feisty vocals as Heather and Whatshername. There's also a brilliantly hilarious cameo appearance from Ross William Wild.
The music is great and the story is perfectly entertaining, but certain numbers feel a little out of place and the storyline progression is sometimes odd. The Arts Theatre may be extremely hot, but the show lends itself to the smaller space. Running under two hours without an interval, American Idiot is a fiery show performed by a hard working cast. As long as you love the music, this production is good fun.
Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)
American Idiot runs at the Arts Theatre until 27th September 2015.
Please visit www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk for information and tickets
Photo Credit: Darren Bell