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Billie Joe Armstrong performs in American Idiot on Broadway on Jan. 20, 2011. - Provided courtesy of flickr.com/photos/21745169@N05/

'American Idiot' Broadway musical to close in April

03/10/2011 by Corinne Heller

"American Idiot," the Broadway musical that features music by the rock band Green Day, is set to close in April after one year.

Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong will reprise his role as St. Jimmy from April 5 until the show's last performance on April 24. Ticket sales plummeted when he departed the musical earlier this month, dropping from $1.3 million to $395,275 in the first week after he left, the Hollywood Reporter said.

"American Idiot," whose title is based on Green Day's seventh studio album, won two Tony Awards in 2010. A U.S. tour of "American Idiot" is set to begin in the fall.

The show tells of a young man named Johnny who trades his sheltered life with his parents in the suburbs for a life in the big city. He deals with lost love and a friend who is fighting in Iraq and yearns to find meaning in his life.

Tony Vincent, known for his previous role in the London Queen-inspired musical "We Will Rock You," originated the role of St. Jimmy and Armstrong took over the part in the fall of 2010 and also after Vincent left the show in Janyary. Others who have played St. Jimmy include Davey Havok of AFI and singer Melissa Etheridge.

Justin Guarini, who came in second on the first season of "American Idol" in 2002, joined the cast of "American Idiot" in early March as Will. The Georgia native, known for his wild, curly hair, made his Broadway debut last year in the musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

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