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February 12th - February 16th
FOLLOWING TWO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED WEST END RUNS AND A SELL-OUT UK TOUR, GREEN DAY’S EXPLOSIVE ROCK MUSICAL AMERICAN IDIOT RETURNS TO MARK THE SHOW’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY AND THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ORIGINAL ALBUM.
Starring singer-songwriter Luke Friend (X-Factor), Tom Milner (The Voice, Waterloo Road) and introducing Sam Lavery as Whatsername.
Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9/11 world. The show features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. This thrilling musical has had Green Day fans in rapture and introduced a generation of theatregoers to their powerful and moving musical style.
This epic tour comes from Selladoor Productions producers of Flashdance, Fame, Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors.
Contains strong language and drug references – not suitable for under 14s
Production Photographs by Mark Dawson
Fantastic show! Malvern certainly rocked. If you love Greenday you'll love this slick, vibrant musical. Superb performances from this talented young cast. Definitely recommend it.
Choice Radio Worcester
Green Day's musical opus, American Idiot, makes a visit to Malvern this week starring Tom Milner (Paul Langley in Waterloo Road).
Taking place in the immediate aftermath of 9-11 (images of that are showing as you enter the auditorium), the story revolves around 3 guys whose lives are basically spent hanging out drinking beer in the parking lot of a 7-11 store, dreaming of a better life in the city and is based on the band's 7th album from 2004. Clearly the individuals see very little in terms of their prospects in what becomes a very divided United States of America.
However, the three take decidedly different paths with Will (played by Samuel Pope) deciding to stay at home to sort things out with his pregnant girlfriend whilst Tunny (Joshua Dowen) joins the military and returns an amputee with Milner's character Johnny descending rapidly into a drug-fuelled existence, very graphically depicted on stage as his heroin dependency takes hold.
But remember this is a musical interpretation of the eponymous album so there a suitably loud and hard, guitar-led pounding set of songs throughout from the album delivered by the live 4 piece band.
At times, it's certainly not an easy play to watch, especially the extended section of Johnny preparing to inject himself, but it is always played with enormous energy and conviction and even if you suspect Johnny's drug addiction has not been resolved by the end, you do hope that the three of them will get themselves the better life they crave as, after a year apart, they get back together again...
As if to reinforce this, the show ends on a lighter, happier note as the finale is the song most people will recognise, Good Riddance (Time of your life) where all the cast are involved in a singalong along with the audience.
And although you might well expect a "younger" audience to go along to see the show, the mix was pretty much across all age groups which, considering the band's typical following, is a pretty impressive achievement.
Fantastic Show. A must for all Green Day fans. Rocked from start to end. We had the time of our lives!
AMAZING SHOW from these phenomenal performers!! A shout out to the females of this company. The strength and energy from these women was spectacular. The female ensemble in the Girls number was specifically a standout. This show is a treat for the ears and the visual senses. I Fully recommend it
Such a shame there was such a small audience, but the cast still gave their all. Fantastic performance. We had a party of school kids in and they were so animated after the show. Go and see this show!
Saw the show last night 13th Feb
Absolutely brilliant , outstanding talented young cast who exuded enthusiasm, sheer brilliance.. well done, a must see ( and I didn’t really want to go ) but sooo glad I did.
A fantastic show and amazingly talented cast. Very moving and brilliantly performed. Would definitely recommend.