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Billie Joe Armstrong to Write Songs for Yale Repertory Theater Show


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:dance: I have tickets to opening night.

 

When is it?



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This is exciting. Like new Green Day music!



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Never mind Broadway, or even off-Broadway — non-NYC theaters have got Sting, Jonathan Lethem, Lawrence Wright and Billie Joe Armstrong

 

4. These Paper Bullets (Yale Repertory Theater, New Haven, Ct., Mar. 14-April 5)

Another rock star who has had some experience on Broadway, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong (American Idiot), wrote the songs for this oddball venture: a rock-n-roll take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, revolving around a fictional “fab four” group from Liverpool. Just how fictional remains to be seen. Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, TV’s Friday Night Lights) wrote the book for the show, from the enterprising Yale Rep, which has introduced the new work of playwrights ranging from August Wilson to Amy Herzog.


 

 

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@AlexGulyan Billie Joe is speaking at SUNY Oneonta in a month for that new musical he wrote. You should purchase plane tickets asap


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Let's hope this doesn't turn out like Bono and Spider-Man  :happy:


Spider-Man was a bad idea to begin with.

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So who went to this last night? Wake up people, I want fucking reviews!



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I was at the show last night and couldn't have loved it more. It was funny, romantic, and just an enjoyable funny adaptation of Shakespeare. The four main characters in the play are Claude, Ben, Pedro and Balth. These four boys play in a rock group called The Quatros. The Quatros were just The Beatles, all four of the members had similar names and personalities like the real Beatles.The play takes place in the 1960's around the same time The Beatles conquered America. The Quatros are introduced on a TV screen by three investigators who think that they are nothing but a "rubbish" band. The TV then starts telling their whole history about how they originally went by another name, how they were once a hard Rock&Roll band, and how a former Quatro named Don Best was fired from the group because he wasn't a decent drummer. All of this was shown on the stage with a projector screen.

The Quatros then appear on stage playing a concert in America. They open with what sounded like "Follow you around". The Quatros then go into their dressing room and meet three girls, Bea (a designer), Higgy ( a model) and Ulcie ( a model). The girls don't like the band because they think that they aren't anything other than a Rock&Roll group that parties and sleeps with multiple woman. The two members Ben and Claude fall in love with two of the other girls, Bea and Higgy. Higgy and Claude's relationship grows, but Ben and Bea have more conflict. As the play develops, The Quatros old drummer Don is jealous of their success, he then builds a relationship with two other men and tries to ruin The Quatro's career by telling Claude that Bea doesn't love him.

The play had a lot of humor, as well as romantic moments. It wasn't the usual dark ending that Shakespeare plays have. The humor was 1960's orientated, and a lot of the jokes were written for that time period. The jokes had a lot to do with sex, drugs, and famous celebrities during the 60's. There was a lot of smoking and drinking, and a lot of "rock star life" scenes.There were scenes where The Quatros were fooling around at small parties with the girls all night in a hotel room, so the next morning they would show up to the recording studio hungover.

One of the things that stood out was the audience involvement. In a lot of scenes the audience plays a part in the play. At the wedding scene, the priest told everyone in the audience to rise for the bride and groom, and Higgy felt light headed as she was walking down the aisle, so she fell on one of the audience's chairs. The characters also gave a couple sitting in front of us a prop during the play. They used the projected screens on the stage frequently. There's one scene where the news reporter did a live report from the women's bathroom in the theater, and you could see her on the projector. The Quatros manager also made up a short funny song, so he asked everyone in the audience to sing it with him and you could follow along with the lyrics in the screen, everyone enjoyed it and was out of their seats laughing.

The atmosphere was different. It wasn't the same atmosphere you would see at American Idiot or at a green day show. Not many people in the theater knew who Billie was. The audience consisted mostly of elderly people, as well as a few older college students, so we stood out. There was around 6 songs that were sang that were written by Billie. You could really feel the vibe that Billie wrote them. One of the slow songs called "Baby Blue" that Claude sang to Higgy reminded me of When it's time and Last Night on Earth. It sounded like it was something that could have been included on a green day album. The Rock&Roll songs were catchy, simple and fun to listen to, and you could feel a kind fun trilogy vibe to them. It made you wonder if Billie Joe used any lyrics that he intended to write as a green day song.

I went into the theater expecting to see a modern day version of Shakespeare with just a Beatles sound to the songs, but was really impressed about how everything turned out. The whole cast was spectacular. In the playbill it mentions that quite a few of the cast appeared on TV shows as well as Broadway.The staff was nice too. Some of them came around with refreshments to our seats during the intermission, and the size of the stage and theater was just right. It looked like the audience was impressed with the performance too. Everyone around the theater was saying how they think it should make it to New York. It was fun! I can't wait for more interviews with Billie, and I'm exited to see what will happen in the future with this.
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Spider-Man was a bad idea to begin with.

How so? I thought it was an awesome idea.



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Excellent review. Thanks so much for doing this and glad you enjoyed it.

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One of the slow songs called "Baby Blue" that Claude sang to Higgy reminded me of When it's time and Last Night on Earth. It sounded like it was something that could have been included on a green day album. The Rock&Roll songs were catchy, simple and fun to listen to, and you could feel a kind fun trilogy vibe to them. It made you wonder if Billie Joe used any lyrics that he intended to write as a green day song.

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You mentioned that 6 songs were performed.... they said he wrote 8 total, so the other 2 were supposedly played over the speakers as pre-recorded songs? Is that true?  Did you really get to listen to those, or were they just background?  

 

And my biggest question:  Did this feel like a musical, or like a play?  Like, if it goes to Broadway, would it be branded as a musical?



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Oh wow so cool!! So maybe this "Baby Blue" is the same we saw in Cuatro and we thought it was re-named in Baby eyes or Angel Blue but actually it may be another song

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So there is a Baby Blue, Teenage Blue and Angel Blue.. does anybody else see the pattern? Maybe there is a Child Blue and Adult Blue. 



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Pretty sure Teenage Blue and Angel Blue are the same song, there's another one of those screencapped tracklists that has one listed as 'Teenage Blue/Angel Blue', whereas that picture above has Teenage Blue and Baby Blue shown separately. Be interesting to see what Baby Blue sounds like anyway



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You mentioned that 6 songs were performed.... they said he wrote 8 total, so the other 2 were supposedly played over the speakers as pre-recorded songs? Is that true?  Did you really get to listen to those, or were they just background?  
 
And my biggest question:  Did this feel like a musical, or like a play?  Like, if it goes to Broadway, would it be branded as a musical?

Some songs were played as background music and when someone turned on the jute box. I don't remember if the background songs were just repeated from the songs that were played live. There was more dialog than singing. There were not many scenes where the characters started singing during their lines. it was mostly when the band was performing.

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Off topic but, Dreamcatcher. :cry:

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"Baby Blue," written by Billie Joe Armstrong, performed by James Barry, Bryan Fenkart, and Lucas Papaelias.

 



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Joe Cool ‏@ElGatoDeFelix 2h
@AlexGulyan Billie Joe is speaking at SUNY Oneonta in a month for that new musical he wrote. You should purchase plane tickets asap

Contacted SUNY for details andt they said they hadn't heard anything. wondering if this is true?

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Anyone have the lyrics for Baby Blue yet? Can't listen until tonight but I'd love to read them ;)

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Thanks for writing such an in depth review! Glad you had a great time, sounds really good.



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Hi everyone

I'm wondering if there is a way for people to hear or buy the songs, especially if they can't make it to the show?
Maybe they will put out a soundtrack at some point

 

thanks



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Hi everyone

I'm wondering if there is a way for people to hear or buy the songs, especially if they can't make it to the show?
Maybe they will put out a soundtrack at some point

 

thanks

Hi! Good news, they've actually put recordings/videos of three of the songs on youtube. You can check them out in these threads:

 

Follow You Around

Baby Blue

Last Time

 

Hopefully there'll be more. And no idea if it's likely there will be a soundtrack or not but it'd be cool.




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