Broadway Producer Backing David Bowie's Lazarus Musical

News   Broadway Producer Backing David Bowie's Lazarus Musical In an interview with The New York Times, New York Theatre Workshop's James C. Nicola and Jeremy Blocker have revealed more details about the company's staging of the new Enda Walsh and David Bowie musical Lazarus, debuting next month. The artistic and managing directors told the Times that the show was costing more than $1 million to present, which was being partly financed by Broadway producer Robert Fox (Skylight, The Audience).
David Bowie
David Bowie

The article also divulged new details about the musical: that Lazarus would feature 18 actors and musicians and would be set in the East Village as well as a "hallucinatory journey" in the protagonist's mind.

NYTW's fastest-selling production in the company's history, Lazarus sold-out its initial engagement in just three hours, prompting a three-week extension. Performances will now run Nov. 18-Jan. 17, 2016.

The world-premiere production is a collaboration between Tony-winning playwright Walsh (Once) and Bowie, who has composed new songs as well as new arrangements of older songs for the musical. The cast features "Dexter" and Hedwig star Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti (Once) and The Last Ship's Michael Esper.

The cast will also include Krystina Alabado (American Idiot), Sophia Anne Caruso (The Nether), Nicholas Christopher (Whorl Inside A Loop), Lynn Craig (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Bobby Moreno (Year of the Rooster), Krista Pioppi (Spring Awakening national tour), Charlie Pollock (The Wild Party) and Brynn Williams (Bye Bye Birdie). The story is inspired by Walter Tevis' best-selling 1963 novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth," and helmed by Obie winner Ivo Van Hove, who returns to NYTW following his acclaimed staging of Scenes From a Marriage.

Lazarus centers on the character of Thomas Jerome Newton, set to be played by Hall and previously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. "The Man Who Fell To Earth" tells the story of a human-looking alien who comes to Earth seeking a way to bring water back to his home planet that is slowly dying from an epic and disastrous drought. Milioti will be Elly, and Esper will be Valentine.

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