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Famous Musicians Who Have Scored Your Favorite Plays and Films

Trashing hotel rooms is so passé. For these musical heavyweights, rock stardom was just a stop on the road to becoming…a composer?

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke 

Act One: Frontman for fanatically adored rock band Radiohead.
Act Two: In 2015, Yorke made his Broadway debut with the sparse, electronic score for a highly stylized production of Harold Pinter’s 1970s drama Old Times.  

Rock star David Bowie

David Bowie 

Act One: World-famous rock star and style icon.
Act Two: The late Bowie penned new songs—and rearranged classics—for the recent off-Broadway musical Lazarus, which he co-wrote as a companion to The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Singer Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles 

Act One: The singer and songwriter perhaps best known for the ubiquitous track “Brave.”
Act Two: Bareilles contributed the music and lyrics for Waitress, the anticipated 2016 Broadway musical about a small-town server.

The National guitarist Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner 

Act One: Guitarist for the beloved and endearingly maudlin indie-rock outfit The National.
Act Two: Dessner’s score for a new production by the New York City Ballet, based on a story by Hans Christian Andersen, premiered this spring.