If you happen to want to catch the Broadway show based on the music of Green Day this week, you’ll have the special bonus of Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong playing one of the characters. Armstrong is filling in for Tony Vincent in the role of “Jimmy,” the self-destructive alter ego of the musical’s protagonist Johnny. While Jimmy isn’t the main character, he’s got a few songs over the course of the musical, and most reports from Armstrong’s first night are highly favorable.
American Idiot is based on the Green Day album of the same name, includes songs from both that album, 21st Century Breakdown, and originals to tell the story of Johnny and two friends growing up with war, drugs, love, loss… you know, the usual stuff. Currently playing at the St. James Theatre, you can pick up tickets on the American Idiot Tickets page. Armstrong will be doing only 8 shows, so time is running out to catch the performance.