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Melissa Etheridge to play St. Jimmy in 'American Idiot' on Broadway

January 18, 2011 |  3:43 pm

Melissa Etheridge 
Rocker Melissa Etheridge will jump into the role of St. Jimmy in the Broadway production of Green Day’s “American Idiot” for the first week of February, the show’s producers announced Tuesday. She’ll take over for Green Day frontman and songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong, who has been playing the character for a 50-performance limited engagement.

“Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy,” said the show’s director, Michael Mayer. “This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous.  Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more.”

The singer, songwriter and guitarist will appear in performances Feb. 1-6, after which Armstrong will resume the role Feb. 10 and continue his remaining performances through Feb. 27.

-- Randy Lewis

Photo: Melissa Etheridge in 2005. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times