Billie Joe to Join Green Day Broadway Musical

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William Goodman

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is set to perform in an entirely new venue this week: a Broadway Theatre.

The rocker will make his acting debut by joining the cast of American Idiot, the musical he co-wrote with Spring Awakening's Michael Mayer, which is based on the band's blockbuster 2004 album of the same name. For eight performances - from Tuesday, September 28, to Sunday, October 3 - Armstrong will take the stage at the St. James Theatre in the role of St. Jimmy, a drug dealer and central character in the Bay Area trio's concept release.

Armstrong is filling in for actor Tony Vincent, who is on a leave of absence due to a personal family matter.

The Tony Award-winning American Idiot "loosely chronicles [five] characters' various destinies in a post-9/11 society: love, pregnancy, drug addiction, and the war in the Middle East," SPIN's John MacDonald wrote of the production's debut. With overzealous choreography and live performances of songs from a five-piece band, the musical "feels like a real rock show that just happened to take place in a Broadway theater."

Read our full review here.

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