Melissa Etheridge in Green Day show


Melissa Etheridge is taking over the lead role in the Green Day musical American Idiot

US singer Melissa Etheridge is about to get in touch with her punk side.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning singer will temporarily step in for Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical American Idiot.

Melissa, best known for her song Come to My Window, will play drug dealer St Jimmy from February 1 to February 6. Billie Joe, the composer and co-author of the musical, returns on February 10.

The high-octane show follows three working-class characters as they wrestle with modern life. One joins the Army, one becomes a father and one descends into a drug-fuelled life – thanks to St Jimmy.

Musical director Michael Mayer said: “This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more.”

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