Final Bowie musical based on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ to extend to London

Source:AFP Published: 2016/7/26 19:13:00

Lazarus, the science-fiction musical co-written by David Bowie in one of his final works, will return to the stage, this time in London, the production announced Monday.

The rock legend wrote the music for Lazarus which premiered in November at a small theater in New York. An opening gala in December marked Bowie's last public appearance before he died on January 10 from a battle with cancer.

Kings Cross Theatre in London said that Lazarus, a coveted ticket in New York even before Bowie's death, would open October 25 and run until January 22.

Directed by Belgian dramatist Ivo van Hove, one of the few non-family members who knew of Bowie's illness, Lazarus will feature much of the New York cast.

Michael C. Hall - best known from the television series Dexter - will return in the lead role of Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who arrives on Earth in search of water and discovers he cannot return as he discovers the delights of alcohol and television.

The song Lazarus also appeared on Blackstar, Bowie's final album which came out two days before his death on his 69th birthday.

Van Hove later said that Bowie had in essence wanted to put his own death on stage with Lazarus. The song opens with the line, "Look up here, I'm in heaven."

Lazarus is based on the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis. Bowie starred in the main role in a 1976 film version.

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