These Paper Bullets!
written by ROLIN JONES
songs by BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
directed by JACKSON GAY
co-production with Geffen Playhouse
Linda Gross Theater
November 20, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award® nominated writer Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, “Friday Night Lights,” “Weeds”) and featuring new songs by Grammy Award winning Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, who wrote the Tony Award® winning musical American Idiot, These Paper Bullets! is directed by Jackson Gay, who staged Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Jammer both at Atlantic.
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? A play with music, These Paper Bullets! is a modish rip-off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing with a serious backbeat.
*These Paper Bullets! is presented in association with New Neighborhood.
Cast & Creative
“Let’s twist and shout! Jangling rock tunes by Billie Joe Armstrong mimic hip-shaking rhythms of early Beatles hits! A goofy good time! Evokes the styles of the era with flair, monty pythonesque silliness, and makes you want to unleash your inner swooning teenager!”
The New York Times
“Billie Joe Armstrong’s new songs are perfect! An ingenious adaptation that reaches peaks of zany goofiness! See it!”
“Made me laugh harder than anything I’ve seen all year! The show is a clever bit of tickle with
benny hill silliness!”
Time Out New York
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Photos by Ahron R. Foster