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- Posted on Mar 10th 2011 2:00PM by Emily Tan
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The show, which uses the songs from the band's catalog to depict the trials and tribulations of three small-town friends during George W. Bush's presidency, will welcome back Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong to reprise his role as St. Jimmy for the final three weeks of the show, starting on April 5.
Davey Havok, lead singer of AFI, is currently playing St. Jimmy but will only be in the show until March 13. It hasn't been announced who will be playing the role from March 13 to April 3.
Armstrong joined the 'American Idiot' cast for a set of performances last fall and then again during the winter to help with ticket sales. While his appearance on Broadway increased the box office by as much as 50 percent per week, Armstrong's departure caused ticket purchases to plummet. Even with Armstrong's return, the show's producers are unsure of how quickly sales will pick up, a spokesperson for 'American Idiot' said.
Before its closing, 'American Idiot' was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ended up winning two for set design and lighting design. The show's director, Michael Mayer, won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for outstanding director of a musical for 'American Idiot.' Green Day, along with the cast of the musical, also performed '21 Guns' at the Grammys last year.