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National Tour of American Idiot Prepares for U.S. Return After Critical Praise in the U.K.

National Tour of American Idiot Prepares for U.S. Return After Critical Praise in the U.K.
The cast of the national tour of 'American Idiot'
'There is something about this show that grabs you where it counts and doesn't let go.'

The Brits have fallen for American Idiot as the Tony Award-nominated musical finishes up a 10-week tour of the United Kingdom. Critics are raving about the stage musical, based on Green Day's Grammy-winning album, calling it “raucous” and “brilliant.” Now that the cast has triumphed across the pond, they are readying to return to the States to rock cities such as Pittsburgh, Columbus, Indianapolis and Baltimore. Broadway.com has rounded up critics' thoughts on this poignant musical, which uses hit Green Day songs to tell the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Check out the reviews below, then get your tickets to rock out with American Idiot!

“Firstly, it has to be said that the American cast’s energy puts the West End to shame. From the head banging opening 'American Idiot' to the impressive acoustic finale, the audience didn’t stop to breathe and neither did the company.” —Amy Lawrence, Bargain Theatreland

“You don't have to be a Green Day fan or under 30 to respond to this musical, both the songs themselves and the way lyricist Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer have given them a theatrical form. To miss it will be to miss an important moment in the history of the musical.” —Gerald Berkowitz, Theatreguide London

“Michael Mayer's production [contains] a brilliant marriage of choreography and design and an all-American cast with talent to burn. There is something about this show that grabs you where it counts and doesn't let go. The West End just got itself a noisy neighbour, and it's well worth a hearing.” —Theo Bosanquet, What’s On Stage

“With its raucous live band and full-blooded singing, American Idiot is far from your average night at the theatre. If you prefer your punk to panto, you’d be an idiot not to attend.” —London Evening Standard