The Scoop On David Bowie’s Musical

The director of David Bowie’s forthcoming musical stage show has revealed that “Lazarus” will include a number of new “classics” about love and violence. Set to premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in December, Lazarus is based on “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and centers around Thomas Newton, a character played by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nic Roeg. Speaking to the BBC, director Ivo van Hove confirmed Bowie would not be appearing on stage in “Lazarus,” but shed some light on the type of musical content fans can expect. As well as re-arrangements of Bowie’s old songs (“He told me he is going to give his songs a new skin”), Van Hove said some of the new songs “sound as if you have heard them for ever – like classics.”

Describing the new Bowie music as “really great stuff,” he added that preparations for the show are “far advanced.” “I started with [1975 album] Young Americans as a young man and went on to Station to Station, Low, Lodger, and Heroes, but I really loved his last album The Next Day – it’s a mixture of all these things.”

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