Thom Yorke is Creepin Into Broadway W/ New Music
Twenty two years ago, Thom Yorke asked a question usually reserved for Alzheimers patients and straight bros who accidentally walk into a gay bar. “What the hell am I doing here,” Yorke sang in his grizzled sad boy grunge anthem Creep. “I don’t belong here.” The lyric is especially relevant today as the Radiohead frontman announced that he’ll be composing music for a Broadway play. Best known for providing over two decades of soundtracks for your adolescent angst and giving the Internet the infamous Lotus Flower video, Yorke’s foray into Broadway is the biggest WTF news of the day.
Written by Harold Pinter and directed by Douglas Hodge, Old Times is being described as an “unsettling drama of desire and blurred realities,” so maybe it’s a better fit for the creepmaster Yorke than we imagined. The Roundabout Theatre Company will start the preview run at the American Airlines Theatre on September 17— airline food will not be provided. The drama’s 1970s era themes of love and memory will be played out with a synthesizer-heavy score and mark the debut of not just Yorke but also star Clive Owen and Hodge, who’s taking a step back from Tony-winning performances to try out directing. Yorke fans should mark their calendars because Hodge’s enthusiasm towards the rocker’s soundtrack has the Milk office in a frenzy to get tickets before it sells out.
“The music Thom has written for Old Times gives an immediacy and a ‘now-ness’ to the show.” Hodge explained. “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.”
That means you, angst rockers. Old Times will start its preview run on September 17 before an official opening on October 6th, and an expected closing on November 29th.
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