Anderson Cooper, Melissa Etheridge are Broadway bound
January 19th, 2011
06:53 PM ET

Anderson Cooper, Melissa Etheridge are Broadway bound

Anderson Cooper is about to make his Broadway debut.

The "Anderson Cooper 360" host has joined the 50th anniversary revival of the musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" as the pre-recorded voice of the narrator, reports Playbill.

News legend Walter Cronkite provided the voice for the 1995 revival, which starred Matthew Broderick. "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe headlines the Cooper production, which begins performances at New York's Al Hirschfeld Theatre on February 26.

Meanwhile, Melissa Etheridge is set to rock the Green Day musical "American Idiot" at Broadway's St. James Theatre. The singer will join the cast for one week as St. Jimmy, a ghostly apparition who helps fuel lead character Johnny's drug addiction. Etheridge will step into the role from February 1 – 6, while Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong takes a vacation from the show.

“Billie Joe and I always believed that it would be incredible to have a woman take on the role of St. Jimmy," the show's director, Michael Mayer, said in a statement. "This character is seductive, thrilling and dangerous. Melissa Etheridge is all that and so much more. She's a rock icon and we couldn't be more thrilled that she's bringing her immense talent to 'American Idiot.'"

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  5. More more more

    Yes...Broadway definitely needs an influx of NGGERS.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Two more

    Etheridge is a uselessLEZBO and Cooper is a FA GG OT. What a couple of losers.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    I agree with those that said "shame on cnn for allowing this". The hatred on both sides is unreal. Just love one another. We are all the same!!

    January 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Francisco

    Wow. Apes who smoke crack and collect welfare that what black people are? Truth be told, there are barely any people of color headlining Broadway shows.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. T-Rex

    Black people have to sew white people hair in because they are not happy with the nappy head they have.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • More more more


      I thought that bald eagle etheridge had kicked the TURDBUCKET. She too is a NGGER.

      February 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. T-Rex

    Notice how cnn kept up the comment written about white on here and took down the ones about the n*i*g? Why didn't they take down the white lips comments, etc. n & g & e @ s lovers!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  11. cjm

    I like how an article about the arts has turned into a racist tirade. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. And congratulations, you are the problem.

    January 20, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. danielle

    first looks like there is a lot of American Idiots on this page for different reasons. Broadway was the topic ...but this was not the tryouts for it. Keep the drama for another play. I don't care for Melissa E at all she is a real loser, uses people so she can right her music, and forgets to take care of all her children. So I gues she is an american idiot. Everyone try to have a better day I know crap happens but their lives suck so don't let them get ya down.

    January 20, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ms. A

    White people please do not even pretend that white folks don't get welfare checks too. Yall taught everybody else how to get a check.

    January 20, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. talula

    Hey cnn- stellar job of moderating this thread. It clearly states that comments will not appear on this blog until "they have been reviewd and deemed appropriate for posting". So you censor a few curse words and let awful and racist comments fly back and forth unlimited? Sad. Anyway, all I really had to say is AC will make a great Playbill. Etheridge as St. Jimmy? I dunno...

    January 20, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. aussiegal

    U guys are all crazy. The inital subject was Broadway and we get on the racist train. U all should be ashamed. Now i know how the next generation is growing to be.By the way I think Melissa will do a great job being Saint Jimmy.

    January 20, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  16. paul

    i'm sure someone will find this one funny. i come here and see all this... stuff, so i just type "what the h- happened here?" needless to say out of all the posts here, MINE was censored.. by the way **** you cnn. not only did you print another weak story... well look at whats happening. you guys are in the gutter. get your **** together.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  17. ohnoudidnt

    Wow.....Kelly...those words will come back to haunt you someday. I can tell you've never been a serious student of the Bible thus your opinion has no creedence. You're basically flappin your yap about a subject you know nothing of. And doing it hatefully as well. What is it YOU'RE hiding?

    January 20, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  18. paul

    wait... what the hell just happened?

    January 20, 2011 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  19. Kenny

    I very confused as to how an article about broadway caused so many racial comments. Imma clear this up. You're all idiots. There, now everyone can be happy.

    January 20, 2011 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
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  21. Thank God I'm White!

    @Karen, please do the world a favor and go kill yourself so a better black person who has a heart gets the welfare money that the white man and other races work to give to the likes of people like you. Its clear you don't work because you are up all night writing your hate. Please stay off the crack because its really making you to be a bitter and heartless person.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  22. Kelly

    Jesus is a man made myth, THEREFORE, you are a wack job just like the rest of the religious nuts.
    Religion....The oldest con in history.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  23. Ron

    Jesus was a....Mexican?
    Did he drive a low rider camel?

    January 20, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  24. Massa

    You are a dumb Moon Cricket.
    Go smoke some more crack.
    Pop! Pop!

    January 20, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  25. Gail Reece

    I can not believe what I am reading! Shame on CNN for even posting this junk. Food for thought: Jesus Christ was a Jew, therefore His skin was light brown. People, be very careful what you say! Every word you speak will be given back to you on judgement day.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  26. karen

    Furthermore dennis...u really need 2 scroll back 2 dbeginning of this topic sir and mayb u'll realize where this originated.....

    January 20, 2011 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  27. karen

    Hey dennis notice the racistjokes here... This is what ur kids listen 2 @ school...these r d same jokes that they tell after u exit a room or enter a restaurant...i dont set our race back....white people r racist

    January 20, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • jean

      You are a sad caricature of the state of our culture. You don't represent us and we don't want you to.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dennis

    Karen, you are a disgrace to our race. I have been married to a white woman for 10 yrs and she is the best thing that has happened to me. You are full of hate and you are very scorned. Your comments and the rest only sets us back. You need help. Please see a doctor to talk about your anger issues before you hurt yourself or someone else.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  29. karen

    I dont jeopardize my life 2 look I think that would make me d smart 1...but you all cant handle the truth...n jack nickolson voice...ha ha ha

    January 20, 2011 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  30. karen

    Hey bob...ur comment speak volume....ever noticed who i'm conversating with...guess we r all fluent in ebonics uh sir

    January 20, 2011 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
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    January 20, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
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    I agree Bob.
    Ebonics is a language only imbeciles can speak, and Karen is obviously fluent.
    Karen, you are really, really, REALLY DUMB.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  33. kathysandiego

    Why is CNN allowing this to continue? How less classy and in the gutter will this go? The most disgusting thing I've ever seen. Shame on all of you.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  34. MiniMe

    Ahhh the hatred. Do you people hate your lives so much you have to think of black jokes that aren't even funny? Seriously? The old days are over. No more KKK. No more Nazis. And the white house isn't white anymore hahahaah. Its time to realized you little white supremicist arent superior to anyone.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  35. MiniMe

    Ahhh the hatred. Do you people hate your lives so much you have to think of black jokes that aren't even funny? Seriously? The old days are over. No more KKK. No more Nazis. And the white house isn't white anymore hahahaah. Its time to realized you little white supremicist are superior to anyone.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  36. Bob

    Karen...nobody understands ebonics..even when you type it out it still does not make sense!
    Feel free to mix in a book, ok?

    January 20, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  37. karen

    I'm license 2 take care of d white woman after they plastic surgery turns out bad...or their cancerous moles appear from tanning trying 2 get black skin

    January 20, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  38. anthony

    What in the hell is wrong with all of you idiots? And is ANYONE at paying attention to what's going on here?

    January 20, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  39. karen

    Ha ha ha....rotf lol I wish u could me...white woman want 2 b makeup beautiful skin...nice round azz....white women compliment on my I hv room 2 talk..

    January 20, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  40. karen

    Education...michael jackson bleached his skin thats it... But he didnt represent us..

    January 20, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
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    Patrick Ewing is the missing link

    January 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ms. A

    And frank your white women love them some apes as u

    January 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ms. A

    Why is it that folks always want to refer to blacks as apes and monkeys? Do your research on primates. There are primates that have red faces with long narrow noses and white fur. Is this wear whites originated? Food for thought.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Frank

    Lol..meant looking back

    January 19, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  45. karen

    White tan 2 get darker skin 2 look black...

    January 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  46. karen

    White take fat from thier azzes...n put n their lips 2 look black

    January 19, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. karen

    Whites hv thin lips and straight..a monkey hv thin lips n straight hair

    January 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. reknownmjd

    Michael we all know you are desperately seeking attention. That's why you are making your ignorant comments. So here you are you've been acknowledged.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. karen


    January 19, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. jane

    How embarrassing to see such ignorance, hate,bigotry and ugliness posted. I guess when youre low down, thts your only refuge.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Redcarpet Downthere

    Hey Adam.. where's Steve?

    January 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  52. jermaine henderson

    too many whites singing in broadway for real

    January 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  53. jermaine henderson

    we need a dude like wesley snipes in broadway or wayne brady. even mike tyson would be cool.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  54. jermaine henderson

    we need more black dudes in broadway roles. were always in a raisen in the sun. lets get real now folks.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Steph

    Are you a moron? Get a damn life!

    January 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |

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