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Melissa Etheridge Tapped for 'American Idiot' Musical

January 19, 2011 (7:18 am) GMT
When Billie Joe Armstrong doesn't appear on 'American Idiot', Melissa Etheridge will fill in for the star from February 1 to 6.

is set to step in for 's while he takes a break from performing in his Broadway musical "American Idiot" next month. Armstrong - who composed and co-authored the musical based on Green Day songs - kicked off the New Year reprising the role of drug dealer St. Jimmy in the show after original castmember Tony Vincent bowed out, making appearances from January 1 to 9.

He resumes the role onstage on Tuesday, January 18 and will perform on and off until February 27. And now director Michael Mayer has revealed "Come to My Window" hitmaker Etheridge will fill in for the star from February 1 to 6.

Armstrong made his Broadway debut in the show in September, winning over theater critics and sending box office sales soaring above $1 million during his week-long run. The show debuted in the Big Apple last April.

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