SINGER GETS THE GREEN LIGHT

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - LIFESTYLE - Tanya MacNaughton

GRINSPOON front man Phil Jamieson was so flat­tered when ap­proached in Jan­uary for the role of St Jimmy in the Bris­bane pro­duc­tion of Green Day’s Amer­i­can Id­iot, he im­me­di­ately said yes with­out con­sid­er­ing the con­se­quences.

“With the con­se­quences of yes came a quite in­tim­i­dat­ing and new struc­ture of how to work,” Jamieson said.

“The mu­sic theatre world is com­pletely dif­fer­ent to rock ’n’ roll, so I said yes, turned up to re­hearsals three weeks later and then freaked out with Chris Cheney (The Liv­ing End) who I was shar­ing the role with at the time.

“It was a re­ally quick learn­ing curve but I learnt a lot and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated my ex­pe­ri­ence in Bris­bane. I didn’t think we were tour­ing it and now we are, with a slightly dif­fer­ent cast, and I got the role again. It’s a re­ally great mu­si­cal and I wouldn’t be here oth­er­wise.”

Jamieson, who lives in Port Mac­quarie, said he had been chal­lenged by the role and, given it was so left of field for him, was thank­ful he did not have to dance.

“St Jimmy is a suave, he­do­nis­tic city dweller and I thought it sounded like a fun role to play,” he said.

“I thought I could just rock up and play me and that would be fine, but that doesn’t work. So I had to do a crash course in how to act-ish and I re­ally en­joyed it, once I got bet­ter at it.”

Jamieson said the pro­duc­tion was a fic­tion­alised story about three young men liv­ing in small town USA who were not happy about liv­ing in small town USA.

Fed up with their lives, sur­round­ings and dead-end jobs (or no job at all), they leave and head to Jin­gle­town.

“I’m in Jin­gle­town, meet the lead char­ac­ter and en­cour­age him to ex­pe­ri­ence life's plea­sures,” Jamieson said.

“It’s a com­ing of age mu­si­cal and is set to the mu­sic of Green Day. A lot of peo­ple come to the mu­si­cal think­ing it’s go­ing to be about Green Day but it’s def­i­nitely not.”

Jamieson said although Green Day’s 1994 al­bum Dookie had been a big record for him, given its re­lease came when he grad­u­ated from high school, life soon be­came all about Grinspoon and it was not un­til 10 years later when he heard Amer­i­can Id­iot that the band caught his ear again, es­pe­cially Boule­vard of Bro­ken Dreams.

And while Jamieson is not versed in tra­di­tional mu­sic theatre, his love of rock and roll is clear.

“This is a gate­way mu­si­cal for peo­ple who love rock and roll but also those who have gone to ev­ery theatre event in the world,” he said.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful, mov­ing story with love at the heart of it and mo­ments that will blow you away.”

d476201 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Phil Jamieson has moved from per­form­ing with Grinspoon to per­form­ing in mu­sic theatre.

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