Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Green Day’s Billie Joe boosts Broadway box office

Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong made his Broadway debut this past week (see original story here), and it was a huge box office success.

Armstrong joined the production of “American Idiot” for a series of eight shows, playing the role of "St. Jimmy," while actor Tony Vincent was on leave due to a family matter.

The New York Post reports that the show grossed $1,092,334 for the week that Armstrong was on hand, producers said, compared to $480,566 the previous week when the St. James Theater on New York’s Broadway was at 52.6 percent capacity. The average weekly gross for “American Idiot” has been $740,000 since it opened on April 20.

American American Idiot (The Original Broadway Cast Recording) - Green Day

Billie Joe Armstrong & Cast – St. Jimmy
American Idiot on Broadway
St. James Theatre, NYC – September 29, 2010

Billie Joe must have celebrated his Broadway debut on Tuesday (28) a little too much, as his Twitter post the next day suggests: “Aarrrrrrrgh.. St Jimmy's got a hang over.. buy Jason White's song on itunes called "hang over." Its perfect.” At the end of his opening night, Billie Joe and the cast played one of Green Day’s biggest hits... Billie Joe Armstrong & Cast – Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) American Idiot on Broadway St. James Theatre, NYC – September 28, 2010
Billie Joe now rejoins Green Day for the start of the band’s South American tour, which kicks off in Caracas, Venezuela this Friday, October 8. Green Green Day Green Day - American Idiot (2004)