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PHOTO CALL: American Idiot and Billie Joe Armstrong Celebrate 300th Performance on Broadway
Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong rejoined the cast of American Idiot for 50 performances as “St. Jimmy” on New Year’s Day, arriving just in time to celebrate the musical’s 300th performance on Broadway. The cast, crew and producers celebrated the Jan. 8 milestone onstage.
American Idiot is inspired by Green Day’s punk album of the same name, and also uses the disc’s B-side tracks and numbers from the album “21st Century Breakdown.” A fresh, post-9/11 story has been attached to the songs. Three suburban buddies (John Gallagher Jr., Stark Sands, Michael Esper) take separate paths and encounter love, loss, violence, temptation and understanding along the way. St. Jimmy is a dark force that speaks to Gallagher’s Johnny, aka Jesus of Suburbia, who travels to the big city for a new experience.
Armstrong briefly stepped into the role of “St. Jimmy” last fall during the vacation of original cast member, Tony Vincent. Vincent played his final performance as “St. Jimmy” on Dec. 30. Armstrong’s 2011 performance schedule, however, is not always in consecutive weeks: He’ll appear Jan. 1-9, Jan. 18-30 and Feb. 10-27.
Here’s a look at the 300th performance celebration: Playbill.com