The news confirms earlier speculation that the album would feature songs from the world-premiere theatre piece. The single "Blackstar," which is not featured in the musical but will be on the anticipated album of the same name, was released online Nov. 20 and has already garnered over three million views. Watch and listen to the song below:
Lazarus began previews at New York Theatre Workshop Nov. 18 and is set to officially open Dec. 7. According to a NYTW press representative, "Lazarus" is the only song from the show that will be featured on Bowie's new album.
Lazarus is a collaboration between Bowie, Tony-winning playwright Walsh (Once) and Obie-winning director Ivo Van Hove. The show features new songs specially composed by Bowie as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. Following an initial sell-out and extension, performances now run through Jan. 17, 2016. The cast includes "Dexter" and Hedwig star Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti (Once) and The Last Ship's Michael Esper.
The cast also includes 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).
Lazarus is inspired by Walter Tevis' best-selling 1963 novel "The Man Who Fell to Earth," about a human-looking alien who comes to Earth seeking a way to bring water back to his dying home planet. It was also adapted into a film in 1976 starring Bowie in the lead role of Thomas Newton.
For more information, visit NYTW.