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The Decemberists Plot Possible Musical

Collaboration in the Works With American Idiot Director Michael Mayer

Dec 08, 2010 The Decemberists Bookmark and Share

The Decemberists have never been ones to shy away from the big expression. Heck, their last full-length The Hazards of Love was a multi-part, rock opera. It doesn’t get bigger than that. Now the expressive Portlanders are taking their theatrics to the stage.

“It happens that the director Michael Mayer, who directed Green Day’s American Idiot musical on Broadway, is the guy that got me going about doing a musical,” leadman Colin Meloy told Billboard. “We’re still talking and there’s potential for a musical down the line, for sure.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time the idea of a musical has been broached. “People are constantly asking me to write musicals - it’s the cross that I bear,” jokes Meloy, “I grew up doing theater, so in theory, I would love to write a musical. I don’t know if I have the stuff - I always end up just writing little pop songs that stand a better chance on a record than on stage.”

While the specifics of the collaboration are still being ironed out, the band is busy promoting forthcoming album, The King is Dead. Check out a recent performance here.

(Via: Billboard)



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