Because Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” is a play rather than a musical, Yorke’s music will operate as transitional tunes between scenes or as underscoring, rather than as full-blown, razzle-dazzle musical numbers. Big music-world names have begun to compose for Broadway plays with increasing frequency, with musicians including Branford Marsalis (“Fences”) and LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy (“Betrayal”) giving it a shot in recent seasons.
Yorke pens the music for Owen’s Broadway debut in the 1971 Pinter play. Owen stars with Eve Best (“Nurse Jackie,” “The Homecoming”) and Kelly Reilly (“True Detective”) in the show, about a man and his wife (Best) whose reunion with his wife’s old friend (Reilly) turns ambiguous. Douglas Hodge, the actor who won a Tony for his performance in “La Cage aux Folles,” directs the production.
Yorke’s recent music work has included solo album “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” and the soundtrack to the documentary “The U.K. Gold,” on which he collaborated with Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja. Yorke’s band Radiohead also is reportedly at work on a new album. On “Old Times,” Yorke joins a design team that includes Christine Jones (sets), Constance Hoffman (costumes), Japhy Weideman (lights) and Clive Goodman (sound).
“Old Times” is part of a starry 2015-16 season at the Roundabout that also includes Keira Knightley in “Therese Raquin,” Jessica Lange and Michael Shannon in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” Josh Radnor in “She Loves Me” and Andrea Martin in “Noises Off.” Off Broadway outings include “The Humans,” the latest by “Speech & Debate” and “Sons of the Prophet” playwright Stephen Karam.
“Old Times” launches the Roundabout’s Broadway season, beginning previews Sept. 17 ahead of an Oct. 6 opening at the American Airlines Theater.