No stranger to the theater, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will pen new songs for a Yale Repertory Theater production premiering next year. The new musical, These Paper Bullets, is a rock and roll update of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.
According to the New York Times, These Paper Bullets follows a fictional Liverpool band, the Quartos, as they spend seven nights in London trying to cut an album and, of course, find true love.
The rocker has already spent much time in theater production after heavy involvement in the Tony Award-winning 2010 stage adaptation of Green Day’s concept album American Idiot. The rocker also played the drug-dealing character St. Jimmy for a run of performances before being replaced by AFI singer Davey Havok.
Armstrong’s work on American Idiot will be the center of a documentary called Broadway Idiot, which premieres Friday (March 15) at South by Southwest Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Green Day will also be screening their film ¡Cuatro!, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of their latest album trilogy, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!, before taking the stage for their SXSW debut.
Green Day is set to continue their U.S. tour through next month, after a pushing back tour dates due to Armstrong’s recent stint in rehab for substance abuse.
These Paper Bullets, directed by Jackson Gay, will run March 14 through April 5, 2014 at Yale Rep’s New Haven, Conn. theater.
– Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com