Etheridge Stepping Into American Idiot

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January 18, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

Melissa Etheridge is set to step in for Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical American Idiot next month.
Armstrong – who composed and co-authored the musical based on Green Day songs – kicked off the New Year reprising the role of drug dealer St. Jimmy in the show after original castmember Tony Vincent bowed out, making appearances from 1 to 9 January.

He resumes the role onstage on Tuesday and will perform on and off until 27 February.

And now director Michael Mayer has revealed Come to My Window hitmaker Etheridge will fill in for the star from 1 to 6 February.

Armstrong made his Broadway debut in the show in September, winning over theater critics and sending box office sales soaring above $1 million (GBP666,670) during his week-long run.

The show debuted in the Big Apple last April.