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January 06, 2015 05:10 PM

Rocker chick, rebel – a lot of titles come to mind when thinking of Courtney Love, but musical theater star isn’t one of them. At least not yet!

The Hole frontwoman, known for her hard-partying past and signature rasp, has headed to the stage in Kansas City Choir Boy, an off-off-Broadway pop opera that’s part of the Prototype opera and music theater festival in New York.

“I play a rock star with a drug problem. And the research I have to do – it’s so tough for me!” Love, who got sober in 2007 after a long battle with addiction, told The New York Times.

In the production (directed by Kevin Newbury with songs by Todd Almond), Love plays Athena, a singer from the Midwest who travels east to pursue fame.

This isn’t the punk-rocker’s first venture into acting: Love, 50, has guest-starred on Sons of Anarchy and even scored a Golden Globe nod in 1996 for her turn as doomed wife Althea Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt.

And Love says the transition from rock to theater isn’t a far stretch.

“You’ve got to be in the moment for it to work. That is a rule for theater and a rule of rock. It’s universal,” she said.

Love stars in Kansas City Choir Boy, playing at the HERE Arts Center in New York, through Jan. 17.

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