American Idiot at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Katherine Ryan

REVIEW: Katherine Ryan at the Portsmouth Guildhall

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A European premiere took place at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton this week with American Idiot The Musical. Based on a concept album by punk pop group Green Day, it’s been making waves across the pond with two Tony awards and a Grammy.

Directed by Michael Mayer, the musical tells of three friends living in dreary suburbia who decide to search for meaning in their lives, with Johnny heading to the big city, Tunny joining the army and Will staying at home.

And that’s pretty much where the plot ends, not that it took anything away from the musical in the slightest.

A roaring shout at the red, white and blue, it’s clear to see how well the concept has taken to the stage. A popular punk album and a musical may not sound like a match made in heaven, but it works.

The cast head bang and stamp their way through, and the audience are right there with them. Alex Nee plays the tortured Johnny and delivers faultlessly, even when he has to use a bit of improv by tuning his guitar when there’s a simple prop mistake.

If you’re looking for a evening of fun songs and music, then don’t miss it because it won’t be round for long.

Until Saturday.

MISCHA ALLEN