After 27 preview performances and 421 regular performances, “American Idiot” will take a permanent “holiday” from Broadway.
The show’s producers announced in a statement on Thursday (March 10) that the Tony Award-winning musical, adapted from Green Day’s groundbreaking 2004 album of the same name, will hold its final performance on April 24 at the St. James Theater in New York.
Set during the Bush administration, the musical is about three friends facing different life crises and features songs from Green Day’s American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown albums. The show began in 2009 at the Roda Theatre in Berkeley, California, where it garnered raves from both critics and audiences before making its way to Broadway last year.
Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong eventually joined the cast as the musical’s drug-peddling St. Jimmy. Armstrong’s addition to the show resulted in major box-office returns, drawing in an estimated $1.3 million, according to The New York Times.
In fact, when Armstrong departed “American Idiot” on February 27 — the final performance as well for original castmembers John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Esper — ticket sales took a big dip, pulling in $395,275 the following week.
Last March, just as previews were set to begin, Armstrong told MTV News that he and his bandmates were “kind of overwhelmed a little bit about it being on Broadway.” But with the announcement of the closing of “American Idiot” also came news that Armstrong would revive his role as St. Jimmy in the show’s final weeks. He’ll appear in the show from April 5 through April 24.
Armstrong wasn’t the only familiar face to join in on “American Idiot” during its run. Melissa Etheridge filled in for Armstrong after he left, making her Broadway debut as St. Jimmy, a role currently being played by rock band AFI’s lead singer Davey Havok until Sunday. Additionally, former “American Idol” runner-up Justin Guarini is also in the current production, taking over Esper’s role as the stuck-in-suburbia character, Will.
For those who don’t get to see the Michael Mayer-directed musical on the Great White Way, the show will head out on a national tour beginning this fall.
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