Spotted: ‘American Idiot’ Welcomes Melissa Etheridge To The Cast

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Green Day‘s “American Idiot” continues to be one of the most successful shows on Broadway. Part of the reason is because the show is so inventive with its staging, part of it is because the music is so excellent and popular, and part of it is because it keeps evolving a little bit. For example, veteran rocker Melissa Etheridge will be playing the role of St. Jimmy this week, and she made her debut in the show on Tuesday night (February 1). She was extremely well-received, both by the enthusiastic crowd and her fellow castmates. She will be playing the role (which has been filled by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong on and off throughout the winter) through Sunday, February 6, and the producers hope to bring in more high-profile rockers — and more women — to play the role.

Etheridge wasn’t the only star getting it done, as Greyson Chance wowed the crowd while opening the Miranda Cosgrove concert in Detroit, and Slash broke out the hat and the guitar for a blistering show at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. Click here for these photos as well as the entire “Spotted” archive, which features over 500 candid shots of stars like Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, Rihanna, Jay-Z, the Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Madonna, Lady Gaga and Kanye West!