Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong joins 'American Idiot' Broadway cast for a week

green-dayImage Credit: Gary Miller/Getty ImagesTheatergoers who catch Green Day’s American Idiot rock musical on Broadway this week are in for an extra treat: The key role of St. Jimmy will be played by none other than Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

The band’s reps announced the casting via press release, explaining that American Idiot‘s usual St. Jimmy, Tony Vincent, is on “a leave of absence due to a personal family matter.” Armstrong is temporarily replacing him from Sept. 28 (tomorrow) through this Sunday, Oct. 3. After that, Armstrong will head to Venezuela for a Green Day tour; Vincent’s understudies will cover the role until Vincent’s Oct. 12 return.

Are you seeing Billie Joe in American Idiot this week? Wish he’d join the cast full-time? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • exene

    just bought tickets for my daughter and four of her friends– we saw the play with her a couple of months ago– it was excellent– would be interesting to see him as St. Jimmy.

  • Shanny

    Will be there on thursday & sunday for my 6th & 7th time! I love Tony Vincent but his will be AMAZING!!!! Thank you to whoever convinced BJA to perform!

    • Jenn

      JUST SAW HIM TONIGHT ON HIS OPENING NIGHT AND ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS AMAZING!!!!

  • Catlin

    Aww, man. If I could fly to NYC to see it I would. Tony Vincent is amazing in the role, but to see Billie Joe…gah can’t even imagine.

  • Laura

    Just got our tickets for Wed night’s performance…I can not wait….we saw American Idiot already and loved it! I love love love Tony Vincent and see him in everything we get a chance to see him in and got the tickets for American Idiot the first time as a gift not even knowing he was in it. Hope all is ok with him and his family!

  • Rachel A

    Just got tickets for Fri night with my daughters and husband. I’m keeping it a surprise – they will flip out when they see Billie Joe up there!

  • L. Gerard

    Billie Joe Armstrong is a natural. He was born to perform! Saw AI last night; his St. Jimmy was awesome. The energy in the theatre was electric, amped way up from when I last saw it. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Seeing Billie Joe on Broadway – Miracle on 44th Street!

  • Sadie

    Got tickets for Saturday. So excited!

  • Chrissy 15

    I have tickets for Sundays show. My daughter is walking on air since I told her about Billie Joe is performing.We can’t wait!

  • Ericka

    Definitely would like him to join the cast and take it on the road. The one thing keeping me and my son from going is that no original band member has been in the production.

  • Ericka

    Once he makes it to the Berkeley Rep with it, we will go!

  • Lance Stevens

    I saw the show and I loved it, only because I love Green Day. It really needs Billie Joe. Only hard core fans will enjoy the Broadway production.

  • sandb

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