No, I’m not talking about me, though I get how you could easily make that assumption. I am speaking of the Broadway Musical of Green Day’s American Idiot. I had the privilege of watching Green Day’s front man, Billie Joe Armstrong; perform in the role of St. Jimmy this past weekend. I had the time of my life! It was fascinating to watch the creator of this album bring it to life on stage with an entire cast of extremely talented people.
American Idiot was right up my alley, being the punk that I am. However, it’s not necessarily the kind of show I would take my mother to. She hesitates to see Broadway shows with me anyway. After taking her to RENT a few years ago, she no longer trusts my judgment. In fact, I’m surprise she didn’t require a personal inspection of the Radio City Rockettes to prove they were not actually men in drag.
In American Idiot, Billie Joe’s character of St. Jimmy is imaginary. He’s a figment of the main character, Johnny’s imagination.
St. Jimmy represents the manifestation of demons Johnny struggles with, similar to an animated devil sitting on his shoulder. He lures Johnny toward the decadent temptations of sex, drugs and rock and roll.