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American Idiot - National Tour

The smash hit musical based on Green Day's award-winning album.

Alex Nee Grows Up and Goes Through Therapy in American Idiot on Tour

Alex Nee Grows Up and Goes Through Therapy in American Idiot on Tour
Alex Nee in the national tour of 'American Idiot'
'I feel like I’m going through the same transition period as Johnny.'

In the national tour of American Idiot, Alex Nee plays Johnny, the angry suburbanite who makes his way to the big city in search of something greater. The role requires massive endurance, as Nee is singing, dancing and displaying a wide range of emotions throughout the show’s intense 90-minute. The musical, written by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and director Michael Mayer, tackles heavy themes, but Nee said the fun of it is all in being able to test his limits.

The actor said that the most challenging moment in the show for him is singing Green Day’s hit song “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” as it takes him to an emotional extreme. “Johnny finds himself at rock bottom. I literally visualize sitting at the bottom of a massive, dark pit. It’s so lonely and naked and scary,” Nee said. “To let the song take me there is extremely therapeutic and almost fun.”

Hitting those emotional notes aren’t difficult for Nee, as the actor feels a kinship with his character. “I feel like I’m going through the same transition period as Johnny. I’m 21 years old. I’m realizing I can’t always keep acting like a kid, and I’m trying to figure out what it means to grow up,” Nee said. In American Idiot, Johnny fails at most of what he tries to accomplish, but Nee says that’s what the show is all about. “Each character is struggling to find their place in the world. It’s OK to fail. We’re all just trying to figure out how to be a human being.”

American Idiot will play Heinz Hall from February 19 through February 24. Nee is joined by a cast that includes Casey O’Farrell as Will, Thomas Hettrick as Tunny, Trent Saunders as St. Jimmy, Alyssa DiPalma as Whatsername and Jenna Rubaii as the Extraordinary Girl.