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AMERICAN IDIOT Closing April 24 - Billy Joe Armstrong Returns for Final 3 Weeks

BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG RETURNS
TO CELEBRATE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY
AND FINAL THREE WEEKS ON BROADWAY 

AMERICAN IDIOT

GREEN DAY’S FRONTMAN AND COMPOSER/CO-AUTHOR
RETURNS TO PLAY ST. JIMMY BEGINNING APRIL 5, 2011  

FINAL BROADWAY PERFORMANCE OF THE GROUNDBREAKING MUSICAL
TAKES PLACE SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2011
CONCLUDING THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WEEK

AMERICAN IDIOT WILL HAVE PLAYED 421 REGULAR AND

27 PREVIEW PERFORMANCES

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(New York, NY)  The producers of the critically acclaimed AMERICAN IDIOT announced that Green Day frontman and the musical’s composer and co-author Billie Joe Armstrong will return to the role of “St. Jimmy” on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 for the final three weeks of the Broadway production at the St. James Theatre, 246 West 44 Street. Following 421 performances on Broadway and 27 previews, the final show is Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 7:30pm.  The first national tour launches in the fall of 2011.

AMERICAN IDIOT began preview performances on March 24, 2010 and opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on April 20, 2010, following its world premiere, twice extended, limited engagement at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre (September 4, 2009 - Sunday, November 15, 2009).  The show garnered the 2011 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Musical Show Album,” two 2010 Tony Awards,a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a record 10 Broadwayworld.com Fan Choice Awards and the show was honored with Actors’ Equity Association’s Award for “Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity and Equal Opportunity on Broadway.”

Called “the first great musical of the 21st century” by The Toronto Star, AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on an exhilarating journey. 

Based on Green Day’s groundbreaking rock opera American Idiot, Billie Joe Armstrong and the band collaborate with one of the theatre's most acclaimed creative teams, led by the Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer, Pulitzer Prize and two-time Tony Award-winning composer and orchestrator Tom Kitt, and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Steven Hoggett, to bring  this explosive, iconic album to the stage.

AMERICAN IDIOT currently stars Van Hughes as Johnny, AFI’s lead singer Davey Havok as St. Jimmy, Tony Award Nominee Stark Sands as Tunny, Justin Guarini as Will, Rebecca Naomi Jones as Whatsername, Libby Winters as The Extraordinary Girl and Jeanna de Waal as Heather.  The cast also features Krystina Alabado, Declan Bennett, Jennifer Bowles, Andrew Call, Gerard Canonico, Miguel Cervantes, P.J. Griffith, Brian Charles Johnson, Jason Kappus, Lorin Latarro, Omar Lopez-Cepero, Leslie McDonel, Chase Peacock, Wallace Smith, Ben Thompson, Alysha Umphress, Aspen Vincent and Mikey Winslow.

The show features Tony Award winning scenic design by Christine Jones (Spring Awakening), costume design by Baryshnikov fellow Andrea Lauer (The Butcher of Baraboo), Tony Award winning lighting design by Kevin Adams (Hair), Sound design by Olivier and Obie Award-winner Brian Ronan (Cabaret), as well as video design by Darrel Maloney.  The Music Director is Carmel Dean, Johanna McKeon is the Associate Director and Lorin Latarro is the Associate Choreographer.

Reprise Records released The Original Broadway Cast Recording of AMERICAN IDIOT on April 20, 2010, the same day as the show opened.  The official album, which just won the 2011 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Musical Show Album,” features the original 24-member cast accompanied by Green Day, marking another incredible collaboration between the band and the musical. 

The performance schedule for AMERICAN IDIOT is Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday 8pm, Thursday at 8pm, Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm and Sunday at 3pm and 7:30pm.  Tickets range from $127.00 - $49.00 and can be purchased at The St. James Box Office or via telecharge.com (212-239-6200).      www.AmericanIdiotonBroadway.com

ABOUT BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG  (MUSIC, LYRICS & CO-BOOK WRITER)

GREEN DAY (Music & Lyrics) — vocalist/Guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tré Cool – were kids from working-class backgrounds who came of age in the underground punk scene in Berkeley.  Even though they had previously released two records (1039/Smooth Out Slappy Hours and Kerplunk), they announced their arrival with 1994’s Dookie, a dynamic blast of exuberant punk-pop that spoke to bored teenagers everywhere. The album eventually sold 15 million copies, earned the band its first Grammy® Award and inspired a raft of imitators. Over the years, Green Day continued to top the charts with their subsequent studio albums Insomniac, Nimrod and Warning, while entertaining millions of fans with their frenetic live shows. But it was their landmark 2004 album American Idiot that launched Green Day into the stratosphere. “Jesus of Suburbia” set the tone by telling a tale of the choice between self destruction and redemption that resonated with listeners of all ages, nationalities and political persuasions. American Idiot debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned five hit singles, earned seven Grammy® nominations (winning two, including Best Rock Album) and raised the bar for modern rock and roll. Last year, Green Day released its new album 21st Century Breakdown, which was nominated for three 2010 Grammy® Awards and won Best Rock Album. It also spawned two hit singles: the gold “Know Your Enemy,” which was the first song ever to top Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Mainstream Rock charts simultaneously; and the platinum “21 Guns,” which earned them three 2009 MTV Video Music Awards including Best Rock Video. Green Day also took home an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Rock Music Artist. For more about the band, visit www.greenday.com.

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