Ticket sales for ‘American Idiot’ jump after Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong joins musicalBy AP
Monday, October 4, 2010
Billie Joe Armstrong boosts ‘Idiot’ ticket sales
NEW YORK — Having Billie Joe Armstrong on Broadway was — not surprisingly — a pretty smart move for “American Idiot.”
Producers of the rock musical say ticket sales soared to more than $1 million last week when the Green Day front man joined the show for eight performances ending Sunday.
The show’s weekly average gross has been $740,000 since it opened on April 20 at the St. James Theatre. Last week it was $1,092,334.
Armstrong, who composed and co-wrote the musical, made his Broadway debut as “St. Jimmy.” Actor Tony Vincent will resume performances in the role on Oct. 12, with understudies playing the part until then.