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Billie Joe Armstrong is Writing Songs for Shakespeare

The Green Day front man is writing a rock-and-roll musical based on Much Ado about Nothing. logo

Billie Joe Armstrong
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Billie Joe Armstrong has the theater bug. He is writing songs for a rock-and-roll updating of Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, called These Paper Bullets, which will premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre on March 14, 2014, running through April 5. Armstrong made his Broadway debut as composer, lyricist, and co-book writer of American Idiot.

These Paper Bullets is adapted from the Shakespeare comedy by Rolin Jones (The Jammer) and will be directed by Jackson Gay (10 Things to Do Before I Die). Yale Rep describes the show as follows: "Meet the Quartos. Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. Their fans worship them. Scotland Yard fears them. And their former drummer will stop at nothing to destroy them. Can these fab four from Liverpool find true love in London and cut an album in seven nights?"

Yale Rep's 2013-2014 season will also include a world premiere of Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand. Patricia McGregor (Hurt Village) will direct. Gardley's play is about a free woman of color in New Orleans in 1836 who imposes a six-month period of mourning on herself and her three daughters after the death of her lover. The play will run April 10-May 10, 2014.

The season will also include Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Mark Rucker (Rough Crossing), from September 20-October 12, 2013. Evan Yionoulis will direct Caryl Churchill's Owner from October 25-November 16, 2013. Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, directed by Christopher Bayes and featuring Steven Epp, will run November 30 through December 21, 2013. Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (January 31-February 22, 2014) was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and this will be her Yale Rep debut.

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