Billie Joe Armstrong hints at gender-swapping ‘American Idiot’ musical

"Whatsername be Whatshisface?"

Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has hinted that he might shake the band’s American Idiot musical up a little.

Debuting in 2010, the musical tells the story of Johnny, a disaffected teen living in Jingletown, USA. The show is soundtracked by the band’s entire 2004 album, along with tracks from ‘Dookie’ and 2009’s ’21st Century Breakdown’.

After going to see a recent production of the musical at Chapman College in California, Armstrong took to Instagram to congratulate those involved and hinted at a new idea that involved swapping the genders of the characters around.


“So stoked for @cadebecker1 and the cast of American Idiot performing at Chapman college!! Congrats to all of you,” Armstrong began his post. “(on a side note I was wondering what it would be like if someone did a production where the men and women switched roles. Johnny be played by a woman? Whatsername be Whatshisface? I like it).”

Green Day‘s ‘American Idiot’ turns 15 this year. To celebrate the release of the seminal album, the musical is touring the UK with an extensive schedule. It started in Dunstable mid January and will finish in Glasgow June 1.

Check out the remaining dates in full below:

  • Tue April 09 2019 – BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
  • Wed April 10 2019 – BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
  • Thu April 11 2019 – BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
  • Fri April 12 2019 – BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
  • Sat April 13 2019 – BIRMINGHAM New Alexandra Theatre
  • Tue April 16 2019 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
  • Wed April 17 2019 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
  • Thu April 18 2019 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
  • Fri April 19 2019 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
  • Sat April 20 2019 – BRIGHTON Theatre Royal
  • Tue May 07 2019 – BRIDLINGTON Bridlington Spa
  • Wed May 08 2019 – BRIDLINGTON Bridlington Spa
  • Thu May 09 2019 – BRIDLINGTON Bridlington Spa
  • Fri May 10 2019 – BRIDLINGTON Bridlington Spa
  • Sat May 11 2019 – BRIDLINGTON Bridlington Spa
  • Tue May 14 2019 – LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Wed May 15 2019 – LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Thu May 16 2019 – LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Fri May 17 2019 – LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Sat May 18 2019 – LONDON New Wimbledon Theatre
  • Tue May 28 2019 – GLASGOW King’s Theatre
  • Wed May 29 2019 – GLASGOW King’s Theatre
  • Thu May 30 2019 – GLASGOW King’s Theatre
  • Fri May 31 2019 – GLASGOW King’s Theatre
  • Sat June 01 2019 – GLASGOW King’s Theatre

Meanwhile, Billie Joe Armstrong is featured on Morrissey’s latest single ‘Wedding Bell Blues’, which was shared earlier today (April 8).


The track is taken from the former Smiths frontman’s upcoming album ‘California Son‘ – a record of covers of songs by Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dionne Warwick and many more featuring guest appearances from Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Broken Social Scene member Ariel Engle, as well as Petra Haden, Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant and LP.

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