Melissa Etheridge “American Idiot” Broadway Musical Feb. 2011

We’ve been glued to the edges of our seats watching the ever-changing love life of singer Melissa Etheridge so intently that we almost forgot to tell you that the “You’re the Only One” hitmaker will join the cast of Green Day’s rock opera American Idiot for a week next month.

Etheridge will take on the role of “St. Jimmy” — currently played by Green Day rocker and American Idiot co-writer Billie Joe Armstrong — from Feb. 1-6 at the St. James Theatre in New York, The New York Times said Tuesday.

“Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy. This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more,” says Michael Mayer, the show’s director.

As The Times points out, adding big name stars for short-term runs has been a saving grace for The Great White Way in recent years. Just this morning, Broadway producers announced that CNN newster Anderson Cooper will lend his voice to narrating duties in the upcoming revival of How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying), featuring Daniel Radcliffe.

American Idiot is billed as the story of “a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world.” The production — which was inspired by Green Day’s award-winning album of the same name — was nominated for a Best Musical Tony Award last year. It took home Tonys for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting for a Musical.

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