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HEDDA GABLER COMPOSER PJ HARVEY IN THE DAILY NEWS

Roundabout Theatre Company’s HEDDA GABLER opens on Sunday, January 25th on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.  

DAILY NEWS

January 23, 2008

 

P.J. Harvey hits Broadway with ‘Hedda Gabler’ score

By Jim Farber

 

They’re both bold women – one wildly creative, the other bitterly violent.

 

Rock star P.J. Harvey and dramatic character Hedda Gabler share a keen interest in shaking things up, even if the former does so in an infinitely more appealing way than the latter.

 

“The character of Hedda is fascinating and horrifying at the same time,” Harvey says. “As an artist, I’ve always been drawn to what human beings are capable of, in how far you can push things. And Hedda pushes things to the limit.”

 

Small wonder, then, that Harvey leapt at the chance to provide the disruptive music that adds spookiness to the new production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic ode to the ultimate psycho bitch from hell. Starring the ideally “off” Mary-Louise Parker, this production of “Hedda Gabler” opens Sunday at the American Airlines Theater.

 

For fans of Harvey’s restless muse, the play provides an ideal extension of her brand. Though her eight albums show a flair for setting scenes evocative enough for theater or movie scores, Harvey had never worked in either medium. “I’ve wanted to do theater or film music since I first began writing music,” the artist says. “I’ve just never been approached before.”

 

Her break came from director Ian Rickson. Harvey met him five years ago when he was running London’s Royal Court Theater. “He gave me pointers of the kind of music he was looking for,” Harvey says. “I did whatever I felt I needed to do for his vision.”

 

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/01/23/2009-01-23_pj_harvey_hits_broadway_with_hedda_gable.html

 

 

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