Bowie Fans Mourn at Lazarus Performance

News   Fans Mourn at First Performance of Lazarus Since Bowie's Death
 
Sophia Anne Caruso in <i>Lazarus</i>
Sophia Anne Caruso in Lazarus Photo by Jan Versweyveld

The Jan. 12 performance of Lazarus, David Bowie's musical theatre collaboration with Tony winner Enda Walsh, was the first since the star's passing on Jan. 10. In downtown Manhattan, fans and theatregoers tearfully mourned the music icon outside New York Theatre Workshop.

"It was incredible. I wept a lot," Evan Schwartz, a 20-year-old student from Stanford, CT, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was seeing the show for a second time after buying a ticket on Stubhub.com, where tickets to the remaining performances are currently going for over $900. The show is set to run through Jan. 20.

In the wake of the sad news, the venue's entrance is strewn with flowers from mournful fans. While cast members did not make any changes to the show or acknowledge Mr. Bowie's death on Jan. 12, NYTW artistic director Jim Nicola shared the following statement earlier with Playbill.com: "Everyone at NYTW and Lazarus is deeply saddened by the loss of one of the great artists of our time. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Mr. Bowie on his theatrical piece, Lazarus, and we look forward to honoring his work onstage as Lazarus plays its final performances."

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The pop music icon lost a very private 18-month battle with cancer at age 69. The announcement was a shock to many across the globe, with Mr. Bowie having released his acclaimed "Blackstar" album just days before his death. Lazarus director Ivo van Hove was one of the few to have known about his illness.

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Van Hove has commented that much of Mr. Bowie's final work, including Lazarus, can be seen as testaments to his condition. The musical, which features new songs specially composed by Mr. Bowie as well as previously recorded songs, follows the plight of a forlorn human-looking alien incapable of dying or leaving planet Earth. The title song from the show opens with the lyrics, "Look up here, I'm in heaven" – sung by its star, Michael C. Hall.

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The cast of Lazarus also includes Cristin Milioti (Once), Michael Esper, 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), Charlie Pollock (The Wild Party) and Brynn Williams (Bye Bye Birdie).

A tribute concert for Mr. Bowie is planned for March 31 at Carnegie Hall.

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