Melissa Etheridge is reportedly stepping in to Billie Joe Armstrong’s shoes to play St. Jimmy in the “American Idiot” musical. Armstrong will be on leave between February 1st and February 6th, during which time Etheridge will flex her acting skills as the signing drug dealer.
Director Michael Mayer spoke to the New York Times and stated:
“This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more.”
The musical is based on the 2004 Green Day album by the same name, which chronicles the ups and downs of St. Jimmy and all of the lives he touches and changes.