Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Melissa Etherage a Broadway Saint?

Rock star Melissa Etherage, no stranger to Broadway's version of rock 'n' roll after her on-stage jam session with the guys over at Million Dollar Quartet, will be joining the cast of American Idiot for a week.  Ethridge will take on the role of St. Jimmy, currently being played by Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, while Armstrong is on vacation from the show.  Ethridge will be in the show from February 1st through 6th, after which Armstrong will return to the show for another three weeks.  Though the character of St. Jimmy is considered to be the alter ego of the main character (a young man rebelling against Bush-era politics), the gender switch doesn't call for much change to the show.  Michael Mayer, the show's director and one of its book writers, has said that "Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy.  This character is seductive, thrilling, and dangerous.  Melissa Ethridge is all that and so much more."

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