A Reviews Round-up for David Bowie’s new off-Broadway musical Lazarus
The world premiere production of Lazarus, by David Bowie and Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh opened Off-Broadway on 7 December at the New York Theatre Workshop.
Directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Hedwig), Lazarus is inspired by Walter Tevis’ best-selling 1963 novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” which was subsequently made into a film starring Bowie, and features new songs specially composed by Bowie as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.
Whilst reviews are mixed, one thing is certain – Lazarus is bold, confusing and like no other musical you are likely to see anytime soon. Let’s hope it transfers to the West End soon.
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.
The cast includes Krystina Alabado (Teenage Girl 1), Sophia Anne Caruso (Girl), Nicholas Christopher (Ben), Lynn Craig (Maemi), Michael Esper (Valentine), Michael C. Hall (Newton), Cristin Milioti (Elly), Bobby Moreno (Zach), Krista Pioppi (Teenage Girl 2), Charlie Pollock (Michael) and Brynn Williams (Teenage Girl 3)
Lazarus By David Bowie and Enda Walsh, inspired by the novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” by Walter Tevis; directed by Ivo van Hove; sets and lighting by Jan Versweyveld; costumes by An D’Huys; video by Tal Yarden; sound by Brian Ronan; music director, Henry Hey; choreography by Annie-B Parson; dramaturgy by Jan Peter Gerrits.
Lazarus plays from 18 November 2015 until 20 January 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop.
Lazarus will transfer to London’s Kings Cross Theatre from 25 October 2016 starring Michael C Hall.
"Having now seen Lazarus and read the script and revisited The Man Who Fell To Earth, I can confidently report that David Bowie has landed on East Fourth Street with a work of blistering nihilism, no small sum of inscrutable foolishness and a fistful of the most brilliant contemporary rock you will hear anywhere." Deadline
“It’s the best jukebox musical ever. That may not sound like much of a compliment, but when you put David Bowie‘s musical catalogue at the service of book writers Bowie and Enda Walsh and director Ivo van Hove, the result is more than unique. It’s terrific must-see theater.” The Wrap
“You’d have as much luck raising the dead as you would making heads or tails of the hyperactive and hallucinogenic David Bowie jukebox musical Lazarus.” Daily News
“Like its source material, the two-hour affair, co-written with “Once” playwright Enda Walsh, raises issues of identity and alienation. We’re never sure if a character is real or in Newton’s mind. We just know he’d rather be anywhere than here. You’re strongly advised to be familiar with the bare outlines of Tevis’ story beforehand. “Lazarus” is eye-catching and mystifying -- I wish it explained itself more - but certainly never boring.” NBC New York