Grammy winning rocker Melissa Etheridge is about to become a drug dealer… on the Broadway stage that is. You see, Etheridge, one of my favorite music artists ever, is joining the cast of the Tony winning rock musical American Idiot for one week beginning tomorrow Feb. 1st. She’ll be replacing Green Day frontman and Idiot composer/producer Billie Joe Armstrong in the role of the drug dealing punk rock powerhouse St. Jimmy. According to Billboard, Etheridge was rather wary of performing without her signature guitar, but soon warmed up to the challenge. I have no doubt she’ll be awesome and if you’re in New York, I highly recommend seeing this incredible show… As for Armstrong, he’ll return to the show to finish his limited engagement next week… For more on the show, head to the American Idiot website here.
And here’s a taste of Billie Joe and the cast on “The Time of Your Life”
And here’s Melissa’s first appearance on Broadway from last summer as she was a one night only guest performer for the jam session that follows the hit Million Dollar Quartet (co starring my friend Tony winner Levi Kreis)