David Bowie musical Lazarus confirms London opening in 2016
David Bowie and Enda Walsh's musical Lazarus transfers to London from New York in 2016.
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.
Tickets for the production are available from 10am on Monday 25 July 2016 by clicking here.
Directed by celebrated Tony Award-winning director Ivo Van Hove, with designs by Jan Versweyveld, Lazarus is written by David Bowie alongside Irish dramatist Enda Walsh whose work includes the Tony Award-winning musical Once.
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 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”. An original cast album featuring the New York Theatre Workshop cast was recorded in January and is yet to be released.
The score is performed by a live seven-piece band placed at the back of the stage, performing the new arrangements by Henry Hey. Lazarus is inspired by the book 'The Man Who Fell To Earth', and is a sequel to the film of the same name which starred David Bowie. The musical 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.
After opening off-Broadway in New York last December, critics praised the production, with excellent notices for the score and the performances: "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).
David Bowie was born in south London and forged a unique career as a singer, songwriter and actor. As a leading figure in popular music for over five decades, he had always dreamt of writing a musical for the London and New York stage and began working on Lazarus in 2013. He died shortly after the opening on Lazarus on 10 January 2016 at the age of 69.
Director Ivo Van Hove's work has frequently been seen at the Barbican Theatre, and was most recently in the West End in the Young Vic's production of 'A View From a Bridge' which went on to transfer to Broadway, where it won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and a Tony for Best Direction.
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. It will be produced in London by Robert Fox and Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment by arrangement with Tristan Baker and Oliver Royds.
Tickets for Lazarus will go on sale from 10am on Monday 25 July 2016. Sign up to be notified when tickets go on sale by clicking here.