One of David Bowie’s best known film outings with be adapted to the stage under a new name.
The Man Who Fell To Earth will be making an Off-Broadway debut under the name Lazarus. According to Variety, Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall will take over the role of Thomas Newton that Bowie played in the 1976 film.
Bowie will not be taking the stage in the upcoming production. Instead, he will be composing some new songs for the musical which will be combined with the ones from the film to make the score.
The Man Who Fell To Earth was based on a novel by Walter Tevis. The story follows Thomas Newton (Hall in the musical) who comes to Earth to find water for his drought stricken planet. He becomes stuck on Earth, and a famous rockstar until he crashes and burns rather spectacularly.
Oh memories of watching this film in high school when I went through a 70’s movies phase. It was definitely a trip.
(Plus anything with Bowie is bound to catch my attention.)
Lazarus will have previews at the famous New York Theater Workshop on November 18th with hopes to open on December 7th.
Enda Walsh will collaborate with Bowie on the project to write the book for the musical. Walsh has won the Tony award for her book of Once. Belgian director Ivo van Hove, who has a production of Scenes From A Marriage opening on Broadway, will direct the production this fall.
Hall recently starred in Hedwig & The Angry Inch in the titular role before John Cameron Mitchell took over the part. He was also in productions of Chicago, Cabaret, and The Realistic Joneses. Currently, Hall is the only member of the cast. I imagine that will change soon as more members are added, especially with plans to begin rehearsals soon.
With Michael C. Hall at center stage paired with a score from Bowie, a book from Walsh, and an exciting director like van Hove, I do believe that Lazarus will definitely be a long and strange ride.
Count me interested.
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