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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Lazarus. Written by David Bowie with the playwright Enda Walsh, and incorporating some of Bowie’s most iconic songs, Lazarus was first performed at New York Theatre Workshop in 2015, starring Michael C. Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove. The production transferred to London in 2016.
“I feel moved by the very existence of Lazarus, which feels like Bowie’s final tour, testament and eccentric project all wrapped into one. It is not a valedictory romp through his greatest hits, but something rarer, more interesting: a last transmission from a dying star.”
—Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out London
Inspired by the book The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth—a “man” unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul might set him finally free.
“Wild, fantastical, eye-popping... A surrealistic tour de force.”
—Kory Grow, Rolling Stone
David Bowie released over thirty albums throughout his fifty years in the music industry, including The Man Who Sold the World, Space Oddity, and Young Americans, among others. In 1996, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he became a Commandeur dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Enda Walsh is an award-winning Irish playwright. His plays include Ballyturk, Misterman, Penelope, The New Electric Ballroom, The Walworth Farce, The Small Things, Bedbound and Disco Pigs. He won a Tony Award in 2012 for writing the book for the musical Once. His work has been performed all over the world.
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