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James Murphy to Compose for Broadway Play That Inspired ‘Seinfeld’ Episode

James Murphy

James Murphy will be playing on Broadway. The former LCD Soundsystem leader is writing original music for the revival of Betrayal, according to Playbill. There’s literally no other detail about Murphy’s involvement just yet.

EGOT winner Mike Nichols is directing a new stage adaptation of Harold Pinter’s 1978 drama. Daniel Craig, Rachel Qeisz, and Rafe Spall will star in the three-person show. Tickets go on sale June 26 to American Express cardholders and July 12 to the general public. Previews start October 1, and the show officially opens October 27.

Murphy’s recent activities have included answering questions for Red Bull, designing a soundsystem, and producing the likes of Yeah Yeah YeahsPulp, and Arcade Fire. Also coming to Broadway is a musical based on the Beatles’ songbook. That rumored Nirvana musical? Nevermind.

Coincidentally, Betrayal inspired the famous “backwards” episode of Seinfeld, the show that once almost hired Murphy as a writer.

Watch a scene from the 1983 film adaptation of Betrayal below; Dominic Muldowney composed music for the movie, but you won’t hear much here.