David Bowie’s Lazarus Is Being Turned Into a Film and Live Music Experience

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David Bowie’s Lazarus Is Being Turned Into a Film and Live Music Experience

David Bowie’s off-Broadway musical Lazarus is returning for one night only in a film version, accompanied by a live musical score.

Co-written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, Lazarus was inspired by the Walter Tevis novel The Man Who Fell to Earth. The musical, starring Michael C. Hall as Thomas Jerome Newton, debuted in New York on Dec. 7, 2015. The show features reimagined songs of Bowie’s (including “Heroes,” “Changes” and “Life on Mars?”), as well as four songs specifically written for the musical production: “Lazarus,” “No Plan,” “Killing a Little Time” and “When I Met You.”

Originally, the London production of the musical, which was filmed for the upcoming event, had a limited run at the Kings Cross Theatre (a venue built especially for the production), where it was staged from Nov. 8, 2016 to Jan. 22, 2017.

However, Bowie fans who were unable to experience Lazarus during its original run will now have the opportunity to watch the musical’s London production for the first time on-screen, set for May 2 in Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Kings Theatre. The production is being billed as a “motion picture/ live soundtrack experience,” and will feature Lazarus show music played “in-the-flesh” by the seven-piece band originally hand-picked by Bowie to perform the show’s nearly 20-song score. This event will mark the first time that these musicians have played these songs live since the musical’s finale show in New York on Jan. 20, 2016.

The original Lazarus band is comprised of Henry Hey (musical director/arranger/keyboardist and producer of the Lazarus cast album), keyboardist and guitarist JJ Appleton, drummer Brian Delaney, saxophonist Lucas Dodd, bassist Fima Ephron, trombonist Karl Lyden and guitarist Chris McQueen. They will provide live accompaniment to the on-screen performances by Lazarus London cast members.

The upcoming motion picture/ live soundtrack event, presented by Live Nation in association with RZO Productions, will be donating all of its net proceeds to the Brooklyn Museum.

Again, the film version of Lazarus’ London performance will debut for the first and only time on May 2 at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, N.Y. More information about the performance can be found via the musical’s website. Presale tickets for the event are available now via Ticketmaster using the password SoundAndVegan. General admission tickets will become available starting Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m. local time.

Check out the show poster for the live event below, along with Paste Cloud audio from a 1987 Bowie performance. Then, revisit Bowie’s unnerving “Lazarus” music video right here.


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