'American Idiot' Ticket Sales Plunge After Billie Joe Armstrong Exits (Report)

11:35 PM PST 03/07/2011 by THR staff
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The Broadway musical's weekly grosses fall from $1.3 million to $395,275 after the Green Day frontman departs the show.

Broadway's American Idiot saw a steep dropoff in ticket sales following the departure of special guest star Billie Joe Armstrong.

In the first week following the exit of Amstrong -- who fronts the rock band Green Day, upon whose music the production was built around -- the show saw its weekly box-office grosses fall from $1.3 million to $395,275 for its standard eight performances through Sunday, the New York Times reports.

That sort of dropoff typically leads to the closing of a Broadway show, the Times noted. A show rep declined to comment.

The Times notes that a slew of other cast members also have departed as their contracts came to an end, including Tony-winning star John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Esper.

Meanwhile, American Idol Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini and AFI frontman Davey Havoc recently joined the cast.

Armstrong's presence typically boosted the grosses by 50 percent.


 

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