American Idiot

By Serra Akyuz10th Grade, Brooklyn Amity School A news report of the Iraq War blasted through the speakers. “Don’t  wanna be an American Idiot!” filled the theatre. I didn’t know what I was in for. American Idiot tells the story of Johnny, Tunny and Will, three friends who decide to leave their hometown and travel to New York City. Will is the first to be snapped into reality when he learns that his girlfriend is pregnant and he stays behind. Once in New York, Tunny decides to join the army while Johnny slips into the world of drugs. He falls for Whatsername, a girl who tags along with him on his misdemeanors. Songs by Green Day tell the story, actions, and feelings of the characters. The choreography is very creative and striking against the background wall which is plastered with newspapers and televisions. The actors portray their characters very well in only 90 minutes. American Idiot was my first Broadway show and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to the world of musical theatre. This play is a coming-of-age story that will be a sure-fire winner with young adults who are on their own adventures of self-discovery. Music by Green Day, lyrics by Billie Joe Armstrong, book by Armstrong and Michael Mayer. TICKETS: $27 student rush and lottery rush • St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St. www.americanidiotonbroadway.com