Bowie musical Lazarus to open in London

From the Guardian

Michael C Hall, who will reprise his role as alien Thomas Newton, with Sophia Anne Caruso in the New York staging of Lazarus. Photograph: Jan Versweyveld/AP

David Bowie’s stage musical Lazarus, a sequel to The Man Who Fell to Earth, is to open in London a year after its sold-out run in New York.

The show’s producers announced that it would open at King’s Cross Theatre in November and run until January 2017, almost mirroring last year’s run at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Lazarus was one of Bowie’s last projects, and he made his final public appearance, before his death in January, at the show’s opening last December.

Michael C Hall, best known as an affable serial killer in the TV show Dexter, will reprise his leading role as alien Thomas Newton, the character Bowie made famous in the 1976 Nicolas Roeg movie.

Written by Bowie and Enda Walsh, the show was well received by critics although the Guardian’s Alexis Soloski said in his review: “It will be many years before we see a jukebox musical as unapologetically weird as Lazarus.”

Giving it four stars she praised the “dedication and verve” of the creative team and cast and concluded: “It’s nearly impossible not to be persuaded and baffled and at least a little thrilled.”

In the New York Times review Ben Brantley called it “great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing”.

Read more at the Guardian

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