American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot musicalLast night we went to see Green Day’s American Idiot musical. It was amazing! Beyond amazing! It’s the best thing we’ve done all year. And we’ve done a LOT. We thought there would be loads of goth/punk types there and were prepared to death stare them into oblivion for out gothing us. No. There were a couple but we were the most dressed up, as usual. Our chunky knuckleduster and chain boots put everyone’s to SHAME! 😀

We’d never been to the Millennium Centre before so were really nervous. Inside it was stunning. We couldn’t stop stroking all the different textures and art displays. Everyone else was in the bar or the foyer, acting like they were in an airport. We were wandering around, mouths open like gasping fish. At one point we discovered the ridged door pads sounded like washboards when you ran your nails up and down them so we stood there for a bit making music. Then some guy walked past and stared at us. Move on, nothing to see here. Then we discovered a mirror with patterns over it so were stroking it to see if we could feel the ridges. The same guy walked past. Seriously? Can’t we stroke a building in peace? Beginning to see why Ryan is embarrassed by us…

We’d forgotten which tickets we’d booked, as we bought them in December. Turned out, it was front row centre. We got all excited when the usher told us that. She must’ve thought we were mad. We were trying to persuade Ryan to get up and do his pelvic thrust dance to entertain the masses before the show started. Think he was tempted. Especially in the interval. We were hoping he’d get up on stage, start dancing then the curtain would go up & he’d be stuck in the performance. No such luck. Turned out, one of the guys did Ryan’s dance. Ryan was gutted at his missed opportunity. We didn’t know what to expect as our only experience of musicals is Rocky Horror. We somehow doubted the cast would be dancing around in basques and suspenders. Though it was close.

The whole show was incredible. As huge Green Day fans, we were worried about them doing the songs justice but bloody hell, they did. The cast were amazing, full credit to them. We’ve never been more in love with the American Idiot album than we were last night. The choreography was brilliant! Especially where they were using fire escapes and scaffolding to dance on and didn’t fall off. And they were even playing their own guitars (we watched the strings). Alyssa DiPalma who played Whatsername even dressed like us 😀 It was amazing how much Alex Nee, who played Johnny looked like Billie Joe Armstrong. And we got to see him in just his pants! Which was very nice of him. Ryan wasn’t too keen on him standing right up front in his just his grey shorts but Johnny was just giving the people what they wanted. And if we ever have the fortune to meet him, the ice is already broken. We can be like ‘we’ve already seen you in your pants, you have nothing to worry about.’ C L Raven, making hotties uncomfortable since records began.Green Day's American Idiot musical

The set was fantastic. We particularly loved the way they lowered the scaffolding while Johnny and Tunney (Thomas Hettrick) were top of it and turned it into their bus. The storyline was superb, you really feel the characters’ pain and disillusionment as their lives fall apart in front of them and they begin to lose not only their friends, but their dreams and even themselves. We couldn’t pick a favourite scene, it was all brilliant. Normally our attentions spans are quite short, we get bored and fidget. We sat there, completely rigid for the whole thing. Which just proves how good it was. We had to resist the urge to air guitar to American Idiot. It was the first song and we weren’t fully comfortable in our surroundings. Had it come at the end, we would’ve been air guitaring and head banging with the best of them.

The cast which includes Casey o’Farrell as Will, Kennedy Caughell as his girlfriend, Heather and the rest of the cast, Aurie Ceylon, Carson Higgins, Antwaun Holley, Daniel C. Jackson,  Brandon Kalm, John Krause, Alison Morooney, Turner Rouse Jr, Jamal Shuriah, Dustin Harris Smith, Ashley Tobias, Chelsea Turbin and Jared Young all deserved the  standing ovation we gave them. St Jimmy (Trent Saunders) looked directly at us two and did devil horns! \m/ \m/ yes we got devil horned by St Jimmy himself! Sadly, we were so enraptured, our response was too slow and we didn’t devil horn him back. Bugger! THEN after the encore, the girl who played Tunney’s girlfriend – Extraordinary Girl (Jenna Rubii) (who did an amazing flying dance routine) came right to the front of the stage and gave Cat her plectrum! Then St Jimmy tossed his to Lynx! We got plectrums off the cast! Haven’t stopped smiling about that. They’re on our bedside cabinets, where they’ll stay forever. The only bad thing about the musical? That we don’t have tickets for every night. 

plectrums from American Idiot musical

21 Comments

  1. I love your all’s sense of humor. So, tell me, I’ve seen people dress in Goth (assuming that’s the correct way to say it) but never really known any one who did, so how does one end up dressing that way? Is it sort of a rocker thing? Or a rebellion thing? Or what?

    Signed,
    Stupid Straight-Laced Marine

    • LOL! We dress that way purely because we love the clothes. We were too old for the rebellion part – we were 18 when we first dressed Goth, though we’ve loved black & skulls since we were kids. We prefer rock & metal to Goth music. A lot of kids do it because it’s a rebellion, or they feel different to everyone else and want to dress a way that reflects that, or they’re emulating their idols.

      • Explanation makes total sense, and I’m down with some rock and metal. And I always assumed most kids did it out of rebellion, but never really knew.

        So, I think the comment below says you’re both 29. Do many guys have the nerve to hit on you? And what the heck you going to do when one of you falls head over heels for some guy. You all seem almost imseperable, so that will take some getting used to, right?

      • Actually guys NEVER hit on us. Seriously, we’ve never been hit on. Maybe ‘cos everyone we meet thinks we’re about 16 😀 The falling for someone did happen once. It went horribly, horribly wrong and we’re staying single forever.

      • Generally guys are intimidated by hot chicks, so if you all ever decide to get serious about dating again, you’re going to have to go up to them. Otherwise, it may never happen. It takes nerve to walk up to a hot woman, but I can’t imagine the nerve it takes to walk up to two hot sisters. But staying single forever works, too!

      • life is definitely simpler when you’re single and we’re happier than most people we know who are in relationships.

      • Yeah, relationships can definitely complicate things. I’ve had my share, including a divorce. Just glad to be happily married now to my best friend. : )

    • LOL we didn’t start dressing Goth til we were 18 – bit old for rebellion! And we’re not 29 and even more Goth. For us it’s a question of taste – we love the look rather than wanting to be part of some group. It’s just our own unique style 🙂

      • Very unique indeed. First time I came across your blog, I was like, “Wow. These girls are real and have lots of spunk. I’m definitely following them even though we probably share very few interests.”

        In the end, real people rock, and that’s the bottom line.

      • aw thanks! We’re always surprised when people read our blog – we’ve never thought we were very interesting!

      • Hah! That’s crazy. You all are artistic, real, and hilarious.

  2. I don’t even love Green Day all that much (please don’t hurt me!!!) but this show sounds like so much fun, I wish I could have been there! YAY for the amazing souvenirs…and I while I think I can imagine the look the peeper was giving you girls whilst you were wall stroking, I wish his expression could have been captured on film, so we could all laugh hysterically at him. Awesome experiences to have!

    • LOL we don’t hate you for not liking Green Day 😀 We should’ve photographed that guy. It was a look of ‘what the Hell are you doing?’ and possibly ‘do I have the chuckle wagon on speed dial?’ 😀

    • LOL thanks! Even people who don’t like Green Day would love the show. There were loads of much older people who definitely weren’t Green Day fans and they loved it. It’s great on its own merit.

  3. As I already told you, I’m so glad you enjoyed the show! I’m a musical theatre junkie, and I used to be wary of musicals based on the songs of a particular band or artist, thinking it was the lazy way to create a broadway show. Then we saw Buddy (Buddy Holly), Movin’ Out (Billy Joel), Mama Mia (Abba…yes, Abba) and Jersey Boys (Four Seasons). We’ve seen a LOT of great shows, but these we enjoyed immensely! Already knowing the songs helps, and seeing the way they artfully weave the songs into a story is amazing! Being such huge Geen Day fans, this show must have rocked your world!!! \m/

    • wow, you’ve seen loads! The only musical we’ve seen live is Rocky Horror – no surprise there 😀 We were a bit wary because we love the American Idiot album and weren’t sure if the cast would do the songs justice. We don’t usually like covers of our favourite bands, because we know how they should sound. But the cast were superb and it really brought the album to life in a new way for us.

    • it totally did! \m/ And the way they worked the songs into the show was incredible. The whole story was brilliant, even without the songs.

  4. Sounds like a great night at the theater! Plus a little impromptu washboard music making. You should have passed the hat 🙂

    • LOL it was fantastic! Not sure our washboard music would’ve made any money. They might’ve paid us to stop though.

  5. So what’s the next show on the docket? 😀

    • hmmmm. Well the last ones were Rocky Horror & The woman in Black 2 years ago. There aren’t many around that interest us. Though if they come back to Cardiff, we’re going. Ryan refuses to dress up though. Spoilsport. We’d love My Chemical Romance to do a Black Parade musical. That would be awesome!


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