Justin Kirk and Nicole Parker Bring the '60s to Life in These Paper Bullets!
Rolin Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong's new play with music is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing.
Justin Kirk and Nicole Parker lead the cast as Ben and Bea, reprising performances they originated in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. They join fellow Los Angeles cast members James Barry as Pedro, Chris Geary as Mr. Crumpet, Anton, and Queen, Brad Heberlee as Mr. Urges and Reverend, Tony Manna as Mr. Cake, Keira Naughton as Ulcie and Belinda Bailey, Adam O'Byrne as Don Best, Lucas Papaelias as Balth, Greg Stuhr as Mr. Berry, and Ariana Venturi as Higgy. New to the company for the New York production are Stephen DeRosa, Bryan Fenkart, Andrew Musselman, and Liz Wisan.
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Presented as "a modish ripoff" of Shakespeare's classic comedy, the play follows Ben, Claude, Balth, and Pedro. The four make up the wildly popular band Quartos. Worshipped by fans, feared by Scotland Yard, and hounded by their former drummer, who is determined to destroy them, they arrive in London. In only seven nights, the fab four from Liverpool will travel to London and attempt to cut an album and woo their way to true love. As usual, however, true love may end up making fools of them all.
Jackson Gay directs the production, which features songs by Green Day front man Armstrong, choreography by Kevin Williamson, orchestrations by Tom Kitt, music direction by Julie McBride, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Jessica Ford, lighting design by Paul Whitaker, sound design and incidental music by Broken Chord, projection design by Nicholas Hussong, dialect coaching by Stephen Gabis, and fight direction by Mike Rossmy.