David Bowie Reinvents MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH for the Stage

Written by Dominic Cuthbert Friday, 03 April 2015

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Good news for fans of Nicolas Roeg’s criminally underrated allegorical sci-fi flick THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. The New York Times has reported that David Bowie (who played the lead role) will be co-writing a theatre production based on the 1976 film alongside Tony Award winner Enda Walsh.

Titled LAZARUS, the play will weave the story of Thomas Newton, an alien who lands on earth and explores the human condition as he falls prey to our own vices and excess. It will feature brand new Bowie songs, alongside re-arrangements of old ones.

James C. Nicola, the artistic director at the New York Theatre Workshop, which will be putting on the production, has told the Times that ‘It’s going to be a play with characters and songs — I’m calling it music theatre, but I don’t really know what it’s going to be like, I just have incredible trust in their creative vision. I’m really excited about it. These are three very different sensibilities to be colliding.

Lazarus will open later this year and will be directed by Ivo van Hove. Although the play was Bowie’s idea, he won’t be appearing in it himself.


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