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Berkeley was the testing ground for Green Day's play but "American Idiot" proved popular enough that Broadway picked it up without any of the band members starring in the show.
Now lead singer and Oakland-resident Bille Joe Armstrong is rejoining the New York City version of the musical based on the band's 2004 album of the same name.
Armstrong initially joined the New York cast for five days of shows back in September but he rejoined the cast on Jan. 1.
He reprises the role of St. Jimmy, who makes frequent appearances on the band's album, and he will stay with the cast for 50 shows.
"American Idiot" won two Tony Awards, best sets and best lighting for a musical, but lost best musical.
Armstrong wrote the lyrics for the musical and all music was written by the East Bay punk rock band.