Radiohead's Thom Yorke to Compose for Broadway's 'Old Times'

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Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in the revival of Harold Pinter's unsettling stage drama.

Radiohead is trying out the Broadway sound.

The band's frontman Thom Yorke will compose original music for the upcoming revival of Old Times, Roundabout Theatre Company announced Wednesday.

Directed by Douglas Hodge, the new staging of Harold Pinter's unsettling 1971 drama of murky reality and desire stars Clive Owen, Kelly Reilly and Eve Best, and revolves around a husband and wife preparing for the visit of her female roommate from 20 years earlier, whom the husband claims never to have met. But with the guest's arrival, shared and conflicting recollections slowly build into a quiet battle for power.

The production marks both the Broadway debut of Owen and Yorke. It begins previews on Sept. 17 before its Oct. 6 opening at the American Airlines Theatre, and runs through Nov. 29.

"It’s been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production," says Yorke of the gig. "I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns."

Yorke joins a breakthrough Broadway season full of distinct musical scores, among them Hamilton's hip-hop historical sound, Spring Awakening's casting of select deaf actors and On Your Feet!'s catalog of Gloria Estefan hits. Additionally, this season's revival of The Crucible will feature an original score by composer Philip Glass.

"The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a 'now‐ness' to the show," adds Hodge. "The play itself is about memory and love — Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does. In true Thom Yorke‐style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex. I’m hopeful this collaboration will result in a new kind of theatergoer coming to our show."

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