After briefly tasting life on Broadway this fall, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is set to return to the musical American Idiot for an extended run in the new year.
Armstrong, the punk-pop band's frontman, will reprise the role of persuasive drug dealer St. Jimmy for 50 performances beginning Jan. 1, producers announced on Tuesday. The show's original St. Jimmy, actor Tony Vincent, ends his run on Dec. 30.
Armstrong, who played the role for eight performances in September ahead of a Green Day tour, will appear at New York's St. James Theatre in three blocks: from Jan. 1-9, Jan. 18-30 and Feb. 10-27.
The high-energy musical debuted to good reviews in April and won Tony Awards for its sets and lighting design in June. Armstrong's September run gave the show a major box office boost, with his Broadway debut bringing in more than $1 million US.
Directed by Michael Mayer with musical arrangements by Tom Kitt, American Idiot was co-written by Armstrong and Mayer.
The rock spectacle was inspired by Green Day's Grammy-winning concept album of the same name and tells the story of the disillusioned characters introduced in the album's lyrics.
American Idiot, which had a sold-out, pre-Broadway run at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California, also includes songs from the band's most recent release, 21st Century Breakdown.