david bowie’s lazarus musical is coming to london
The producers of the New York off-Broadway show are planning to bring it to London in 2017.
The arthouse musical David Bowie co-wrote and scored in the months preceding his passing on Sunday is set to open in London after its current sell-out run off-Broadway in New York. Lazarus, which shares its name with a track on Bowie's final album Blackstar, released last Friday, is a sequel to The Man Who Fell To Earth, the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film Bowie starred in as an bewildered alien negotiating life on earth, based on the 1963 book by Walter Tevis.
Lazarus the musical features 20 songs by Bowie, blending older works with tracks from Blackstar. The show's two-month run in New York won a rave review from the New York Times and sold out in half a day. A London transplant would surely be as successful, and is already assured according to producer Robert Fox: "It's definitely going to happen in London. Ideally I would like to find an alternative space but they are few and far between and it will probably go to a West End theatre. But it's too early in the process to know exactly where and exactly when," he told the Evening Standard.
Speaking about the play as an element of Bowie's legacy, Fox adds that, "His songs have another life than the life he intended them to have. He wanted to have for a long time what he called a 'theatre play with music' … He always wanted to write musicals". Watch this space for details of Lazarus' London run.