Rocker temps on Broadway
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.
SINGER: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.