Local | Green Days rockmusical American Idiot to Stockholm

By on October 24, 2015

On 20 February, American Idiot” has premiere at Cirkus in Stockholm. It is a multiaward winning rock musical based on punk rock band Green Day’s classic album of the same name. American Idiot” has made a success on Broadway and won several stage prices and a Grammy for best musical album. Now it’s Stockholm’s turn to see the acclaimed show, directed by Philip Zandén. In the lead role as Johnny Viktor Norén is doing (Viktor & The Blood, Sugarplum Fairy) his musical debut.

In February 2015 had American IdiotSweden premiere of an acclaimed set at Malmö Opera, directed by Philip Zandén. DN wrote that it is “a damned impressive and strong show,” Sydsvenskan that “highlights hails in the hitoperaand BLT that it impresses with strength and empathy.” When the musical now are set up at Cirkus in Stockholm it is with a new band and a partly new cast. Viktor Norén, known from Sugarplum Fairy and Viktor & The Blood, makes musical debut starring as Johnny and the other leading roles are played by Petter Snive (Will), Zandro Santiago (St. Jimmy) and Frida Modén Treichl (whatsername).

– This is the only musical in the world that I would accept. I was just shocked when I was asked. It felt so natural, as American Idiot” was an album we grew up with, the soundtrack of my generation. We could relate to the music because it reflected our upbringing in Borlange. I said yes right away because it felt like I was already the lead role character, says Viktor Norén.
The musical is based on punk rock band Green Day’s album American Idiot” in 2004, which lay on first place on the charts in 19 countries and has been listed as one of the all time best albums by the likes of Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. The album is designed as a musical and is about the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center – a period in which the American dream has become a nightmare.
I think the American Idiots theme and meaning is more relevant than ever. It‘s important to promulgating the message “Don´t wanna be an American idiot” now again given all the chaos going on in the world while Donald Trump knocking on the door of the White House, said Viktor Norén.
The show American Idiot” is a depiction of youth lost in a society still recovering from the September 11, 2001. The audience will follow the three friends’ flashbacks of their rebellious teenage mixed with live music from Green Day’s songcatalog.
– There will be no ordinary musical but more as a grand rock concert with 29 singers, dancers and musicians who portrays Green Day’s classic hits, says director Philip Zandén.
American Idiot has premiere at the Circus February 20 and is played all spring until 9 April.
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