Rock Out on Broadway, Green Day’s Frontman PLUS Melissa Etheridge
Not into Broadway, or a big fan of Green Day? It don’t matter! Now’s your chance to get back in touch with that inner rock god or goddess and be a part of history in the making. If you’re in or around the Big Apple, you definitely DON’T MISS THIS!
If you haven’t heard by now, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong is back. On Broadway. The pop/punk rocker takes to the stage of St. James theatre for his second limited engagement run as character St. Jimmy igniting the already high-voltage cast of American Idiot. Catch him before he’s gone now through January 30, and February 10-27. But wait, there’s more. If that isn’t enough, Grammy-winning Melissa Etheridge amps up the star power, taking to the stage February 1-6 stepping in to fill the gap when Armstrong briefly leaves the show.
Composed by Armstrong and co-written with director Michael Mayer, the Tony-nominated production is inspired by Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning 2004 concept multi-platinum album of the same name and also features numbers from the band’s 2009 release 21st Century Breakdown.
All three members of the band Green Day—which is rounded out by bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool—were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley, California. The boys scooped up their first Grammy back in 1994 with their third major label release, Dookie which sold 15 million copies. Ten years later, American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawning five hit singles and seven Grammy nominations.
Previewed on last year’s Grammy’s as a grandiose spectacle, the Manhattan musical opened last April in a surprisingly intimate venue. The buzz was electrifying. Armstrong pushed the production into overdrive in September dipping his toe in the water to make his Broadway debut filling in for actor Tony Vincent who had to take an unexpected leave. The reaction was explosive driving ticket sales as the fans of the band flocked to the theatre. Quite unlike anything on Broadway, the rock opera has garnered rave reviews with media heavyweights like the New York Times calling the production “thrilling and emotionally charged” and Entertainment Weekly labeling Green Day “the most influential Band of their Generation.”
Although Armstong’s character only mid-show, the mounting anticipation and his burst under the spotlight is indescribable. Picture an exclusive VIP private performance starring one—now two—of the biggest names in rock today, with die-hard fans lining the front rows mouthing every lyric.
Armstrong’s memorable finale of his debut run last fall was capped off at the end of the cast’s acoustic set encore, when the singer half-jokingly exchanged his guitar for a bouquet of roses presented to him by an adoring fan. New York city traffic later came to a standstill, as Armstrong resurfaced from the theatre after the show to sign the six string.
Catch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstong as St. Jimmy in American Idiot now through Jan 30, and again Feb 10-27; and special guest Melissa Etheridge February 1-6. Check out theatre listings and book tickets NOW!