“Some journalist called it a jukebox musical and it made me want to be sick”.
The David Bowie musical Lazarus is set to open in London's West End in 2016 at the Kings Cross Theatre. Having enjoyed a sell-out season off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2015, the production will transfer to London directed by celebrated Tony Award-winning director Ivo Van Hove, who was recently behind the international hit revival of A View From the Bridge at the Young Vic and the West End.
Written alongside Irish dramatist Enda Walsh whose work includes the Tony Award-winning musical Once the Musical, Lazarus the David Bowie musical is a sequel to the 1976 film 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' in which David Bowie starred as Thomas Newton.
The south London born singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, and had always dreamt of writing a musical for the London and New York stage. He began working on Lazarus in earnest in 2013, and according to Van Hove, wrote like “a lion on a deathbed” in order to get the work completed before his death on 10 January 2016 at the age of 69.
Reprising their roles from the original New York production are Michael C Hall (Thomas Newton), Michael Esper (Valentine) and Sophia Anne Caruso (Girl).
The score to the musical Lazarus features a collection of songs from Bowie's back catalogue as well as three new tracks including “No Plan”, “Killing A Little Time” and “When I Met You”. Songs from albums as early as 'The Man Who Sold the World' and 'Hunky Dory' sit alongside more modern songs from albums such as 'Blackstar' and 'The Next Day', including classics such as “Life on Mars”, “Heroes” and “Changes”.
Performed by a live seven-piece band who are placed at the back of the stage, the new arrangements have been assembled by Henry Hey, who worked directly alongside Bowie to create a unique and mysterious sound to accompany Van Hove's striking visuals that take in video, projection and modern elements of theatrical staging.
Lazarus features costume design by An D'Huys, video design by Tal Yarden, sound design by Brian Ronan, choreography by Annie-B Parson and musical direction by Henry Hey.
Reviews of Lazarus
“Ice-cold bolts of ecstasy shoot like novas through the glamorous muddle” Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Van Hove's direction is precise, and it's crystal clear that the production is packed with talent.” Associated Press
“A beautifully nuanced production” Rolling Stone
“It's nearly impossible not to be persuaded and baffled and at least a little thrilled...” The Guardian
Inspired by the book, 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', Lazarus follows Thomas Newton as he remains still on Earth - a 'man' unable to die. Whilst his head is soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love, the musical follows Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul - might set him finally free.
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After months of speculation it has finally been confirmed that the David Bowie musical Lazarus will transfer to London, where it will open at the King's Cross Theatre in October 2016.
Tickets for the London production will be available from 10am on Monday 25 July 2016 from here.
It has now been officially announced that David Bowie and Enda Walsh's musical Lazarus will open in London at the Kings Cross Theatre from 25 October 2016 to 22 January 2017. The production will transfer to London following a sell-out run at the New York Theatre Workshop which began in December 2015.