Rocker temps on Broad­way

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — Todd Martens

Green Day lead singer Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong will spend time off from his punk rock band­mates sing­ing and emot­ing on the Broad­way stage, tem­po­rar­ily step­ping in for Tony Vin­cent to as­sume the role of St. Jimmy in “Amer­i­can Id­iot.”

Arm­strong will ap­pear in the mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of the Green Day al­bum Tues­day through Oct. 3 and then will join his band on tour in South Amer­ica.

Vin­cent will re­turn to the pro­duc­tion Oct. 12, hav­ing had to with­draw tem­po­rar­ily for what the show’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives de­scribed as a “per­sonal fam­ily mat­ter.” Af­ter Arm­strong, un­der­stud­ies Joshua Kobak and An­drew Call will fill in for Vin­cent un­til he re­turns.

Green Day die-hards who have had a dif­fi­cult time ad­just­ing to the idea of the once-snotty punkpop act join­ing the ranks of the Broad­way es­tab­lish­ment will no doubt cringe a lit­tle at the idea of Arm­strong ca­vort­ing on­stage with the pro­duc­tion’s ac­claimed the­atri­cal per­form­ers. Yet Green Day’s own con­certs of late have be­come near-the­atri­cal pro­duc­tions them­selves, with py­rotech­nics, sing-along bal­lads and ex­tended med­leys.

An­drew Bur­ton

SINGER: Green Day’s Bil­lie Joe Arm­strong.

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