Ticket Sales For 'American Idiot' Jump After Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Joins Musical

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs with the cast of "American Idiot" at St. James Theater in New York City on September 28, 2010 Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong performs with the cast of "American Idiot" at St. James Theater in New York City on September 28, 2010

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.

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