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18 December 2020

David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ Musical Will Be Streamed Next Month

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Lazurus the musical written by David Bowie, will be live-streamed next month to mark the five year anniversary of his passing, on what would have been his 74th birthday.

The show was inspired by Walter Tevis’ novel, The Man Who Fell To Earth, with Bowie famously starring in the 1976 film adaptation of the book. David Bowie wrote Lazarus alongside the Irish playwright Enda Walsh, whose most famous works include Disco Pigs, Misterman and the 2019 adaptation of Max Porter’s novel, Grief Is The Thing With Feathers – all three of which starred his long-term collaborator Cillian Murphy in the main role.

Lazarus, which stars Michael C Hall of Dexter and Six Feet Under fame, premiered at The New York Theatre Workshop in 2015, before it embarked on a sold-out run at London’s Kings Cross Theatre in 2016.

On 8th January 2021 – which would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday – fans will be able to watch the UK premiere of the recorded performance via livestream at 7pm GMT. And it will be shown again on the 9th and 10th January – the latter marking David Bowie’s passing. The producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment Inc have exclusively released the stream of the London production for the event, and tickets are priced at £16 and can be purchased here.

Lazarus includes songs from Bowie’s iconic catalogue, as well as new songs written for the stage including the title song. As the press release for the performance states, “Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton over the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might finally set him free.”

The livestreamed show is one of a handful of events that have been announced to celebrate the life of David Bowie, including a run of BBC Radio shows to commemorate his birthday and passing, entitled Bowie Five Years On and a tribute livestream event called A Bowie Celebration: Just For One Day! which will feature performances from Duran Duran, Anna Calvi and Trent Reznor – as well as Michael C Hall. The show, which will be aired at 2am GMT will also be available to watch for 24 hours after its livestream. Tickets for the show can be found here

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