Producers said Tuesday the Green Day frontman will reprise the role of St. Jimmy in the punk rock musical that his songs inspired, beginning Jan. 1 and ending Feb. 27 at The St. James Theatre.
Armstrong will appear in the show in three large chunks - Jan. 1-9, Jan. 18-30 and Feb. 10-27. Original Broadway cast member Tony Vincent will end his run as St. Jimmy on Dec. 30.
Having the musical's composer and co-author aboard has already proved a big draw. When Armstrong made his Broadway debut in September for a week, the box-office take was more than $1 million. Last week, the show grossed $600,000.
The show is based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning "American Idiot" concept album. It features every track from the album, plus several tunes from Green Day's CD "21st Century Breakdown."
The musical - directed by Michael Mayer and with Tom Kitt's musical arrangement - was nominated for three Tony Awards, including best musical, and won for best sets and lighting.
The high-octane show follows the story of three working-class characters from the suburbs to the city to the Middle East, as they seek redemption in a world filled with frustration.