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The David Bowie alt-musical, which had its world premiere off-Broadway just before the musician’s death in January, is set to run Oct. 25-Jan. 22 at the Kings Cross Theatre.
Michael C. Hall will reprise his lead role as Thomas Newton, the character Bowie played in the cult movie The Man Who Fell to Earth. Also returning from the New York production are Michael Esper and Sophia Anne Caruso, with full casting to be announced at a later date.
Based on Walter Tevis‘ classic 1963 British sci-fi novel and considered Bowie’s completion of Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film adaptation, Lazarus stars Hall as a humanoid alien who came to Earth from his drought-stricken planet many years earlier. After amassing a fortune in business while attempting to build a rocket ship to take him home, he was experimented on by the government and finds himself living in depressed isolation, unable to leave or to die.
Directed by Tony winner Ivo van Hove, the production was co-written by Bowie and Once playwright Enda Walsh and features the musician’s most well-known songs, including “Changes,” “Life on Mars?” and “Heroes.” The sold-out premiere run at the 200-seat New York Theatre Workshop in New York’s East Village, which also featured Cristin Milioti, became a memorial site for fans following Bowie’s passing, and talk of a run in London was widely anticipated. Hove told reporters of its likelihood while backstage at the Tonys in June: “It would be wonderful, and the producers said it would be inevitable. It is David Bowie’s hometown.”
Hall previously told The Hollywood Reporter at May’s Lucille Lortel Awards of reprising the role, “The chance to be part of what turned out to be a component of David’s final artistic expression was humbling, gratifying and exhilarating, and will always be a highlight for me. There is another production in the works. We’ll get a chance to do it again.” Caruso added, “I love singing David Bowie’s music, and I look forward to doing it all over again with a new set of eyes.”
The London production of Lazarus is produced by Robert Fox Ltd. and Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment.
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