Rock musical American Idiot coming to The Civic this October
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/113397780/-

2019-06-11 21:02:21

Rock musical American Idiot will make its New Zealand debut in October, for a limited run at The Civic theatre in Auckland.

The production is based on Green Day's 2004 album of the same name and started touring five years after the album's release.

Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong wrote the musical with theatre director Michael Mayer.

It tells the story of three boyhood friends as they leave home, search for meaning and enjoy their freedom in America post 9/11.

The production has received mostly rave reviews offshore.

Its Broadway season made the Critic's Pick list in the New York Times, with reviewer Charles Isherwood calling it an emotional, "thrillingly raucous and gorgeously wrought Broadway musical".

The production was described as a politically poignant story about youth movements and perspectives.

In London, UK, The Telegraph gave it four stars for its Arts Theatre season.

"The politically charged narrative and operatic scope of the band's 2004 concept album, American Idiot, is one of the better and braver ideas to come out of the genre," critic Rachel Ward said.

The New Zealand production would feature 15 British cast members and a live four piece band. It would also be looking to cast some local actors.

Tickets for the musical's Auckland run would be on sale from Thursday.

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