Armstrong joins Idiot for 50 shows


Billy Joe Armstrong will be back on stage in American Idiot in the New Year

Billie Joe Armstrong apparently liked his Broadway debut in American Idiot – he’s signed on to return for 50 performances.

Producers said the Green Day frontman will reprise the role of St Jimmy in the punk rock musical that his songs inspired beginning January 1, 2011 and ending February 27 at The St James Theatre.

Armstrong will appear in the show in three large chunks – January 1-9, January 18-30 and February 10-27. Original Broadway cast member Tony Vincent will end his run as St Jimmy on December 30.

Having the musical’s composer and co-author aboard has already proved a big draw. When Armstrong made his Broadway debut in September for a week, the box-office take was more than 1 million dollars. Last week, the show grossed 600,000 dollars.

The show is based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning American Idiot concept album. It features every track from the album, plus several tunes from Green Day’s CD 21st Century Breakdown.

The musical – directed by Michael Mayer and with Tom Kitt’s musical arrangement – was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, and won for best sets and lighting.

The high-octane show follows the story of three working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration.

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