Green Day's "American Idiot" Comes to Peace Stage (Demo)

“American Idiot” is the 2010 Broadway show based on the music from the Green Day album of the same name, and it is making its way to the William Peace University stage.

American Idiot
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American Idiot is about three guys who are going through different struggles of life. The lead character, Johnny (played by Melvin Gray), battles moving to a new place and getting addicted to drugs. Along the way he runs into St. Jimmy (Bobby Simcox). His two best friends, Will (DJ Curtis) and Tunny (Jarrett Bennett), plan to go on the move with him but unfortunately life takes a toll on them as well.

“The character is nothing like me. Johnny is someone who isn’t really determined and is dependent on everyone,” said Melvin Gray. This is exemplified through Johnny’s dependence on St. Jimmy as a friend when he moves from Jingletown to New York City.[sidebar title=”Want to see the show? ” align=”left” background=”on” border=”all” shadow=”on”]
“American Idiot” will be at Kenan Hall April 21 – 24. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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Many cast members said that the characters are challenging to play because they have to bring things to light what society doesn’t want to discuss. This brings a sense of excitement to the actors because it is so different from anything Peace has ever done.
Cast members agreed that if there is one thing to take away from the show it is that everyone has a story.
“They’re trying to show that every person’s story is important whether they are in the background or if they stand out like St. Jimmy does,” said Bobby Simcox. “Sure he’s just a figment of someone’s imagination but his story is important too.”
The realness of the show seems to be a huge reason as to why all the actors wanted to bring it to the Kenan stage.
“Whatsername is my favorite song because we all have that person we’ll never speak to again, but we still think of them and wonder how they’re doing,” said Tiffany Lewis, an ensemble actor in the show. “I love the song so much because it’s real.”

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