American Idiot (Musical)
Sydney Opera House, Australia

January 12th, 2018
4.5/5 stars
Reviewed by AZARIA HOWELL

The Sydney Opera House is world renowned for acoustic performances of voices that shatter glass. And on the night of January 12th, it was exactly that. Even the strongest of glass could not hesitate to shatter after Green Day songs echoed the Opera House.

At exactly 7:00 PM, the cast of the American Idiot musical took centre stage. Seconds later, Sydney was singing along to the unmistakable song American Idiot.

Complete with the not-so-subtle anti-Trump imagery, the hit song put the taste of revolution in all of our mouths. After the anti-establishment ballad and the endless harmony of clapping and cheering, the show had just begun.

Photo by Azaria Howell.

And what a show it was.

In between the songs, there were backstories told which added raw emotion to the performance. The show revolves around the main character, based on Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day. He reads out letters written to his parents to the audience to keep the show flowing. The emotion in the main actor’s voice did not lack.

Teenage angst, sexual references, and drugs were prevalent in the storyline. It was not your average Sydney Opera House show.

The underlying message of ‘Truth, not Trust’ was metaphorically echoed throughout the night. A message as powerful could never be worn out, no matter how many times it is said.

Television screens behind the singers showcased protests and ironic “Trump’s America” advertisements, including “Make America Sane Again,” and “May the real stable genius please stand up?”

Whoever came up with the idea of a Green Day-inspired musical is a genius. Donald Trump on the other hand, maybe not so much. The sheer power of the setlist was unmatched to any concert I have ever attended.

The musical showcased each song on the album American Idiot one by one. Each song was truly spectacular and the actors, with their talent and great stage presence, brought every aspect of the show to life.

By far, the best song was Extraordinary Girl due to the visuals that accompanied the beautiful singing. The character,  The Extraordinary Girl, had a harness on with strings that were hardly visible as she gracefully flew through the air. I was in awe during this extraordinary moment.

I was expecting average covers of Green Day with mediocre acting, but the performances took my breath away and truly exceeded my expectations.

American Idiot is definitely not your average musical. The scene was set with leather jackets, electric guitars, and profanity left, right, and centre. And on top of that, middle fingers and anti-establishment imagery flew around the room. The songs, acting, and images were so well put together that it would be a crime not to recommend the show.

The actors were all on stage for the final song Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) to end the show. Notably, the song doesn’t appear on the American Idiot album, but the whole crowd knew it.

“It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right. I hope you’ve had the time of your life”, summed up the show pretty well.

I had the time of my life.

AZARIA HOWELL is a huge politics nerd living in Christchurch. Expect lots of new political articles on Tearaway from her! She also loves snowboarding, Beagles, and wearing clunky boots.

Follow Azaria on Instagram @makeazariagreatagain
And be sure to check out more of her work for TEARAWAY!

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