Cast Album Falling to Earth for David Bowie's Musical LAZARUS, Starring Michael C. Hall
David Bowie's legacy lives on. Today, January 11, just one day after the 69-year-old Lazarus composer and legendary singer passed away, the cast of his new musical gathered at a recording studio in Manhattan to lay down the show's cast album.
No word yet on when it will be released, but BroadwayWorld will bring you the date as soon as it is confirmed.
Standing outside the studio, star of the show Michael C. Hall told The New York Times, "He was a very private person -- [his diagnosis] wasn't something he announced to any of us." Hall added, "His passing certainly informs the experience of this recording session and will inform the experience of performing the show as we continue to do it."
Speaking about the themes in LAZARUS, van Hove told the Times: "The [title] song is a man in total distress, and then finding a way out, in his imagination, so he could still be alive, in freedom, as a bluebird. It's the message of the whole show...It's a very existential drama about why are we here, what does it mean, is there something after we are gone?"
Inspired by the novel THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH by Walter Tevis and directed by Ivo van Hove (Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions, Obie Awards), LAZARUS began previews on November 18 and officially opened December 7, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003) for a limited run now through Wednesday, January 20, 2016.
Following his revelatory production of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, the internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to New York Theatre Workshop with Lazarus. Enda Walsh makes his return to NYTW after the successful run of Once. LAZARUS features songs specially composed by Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.
The cast of Lazarus includes Golden Globe winner and six-time Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, "Dexter") as Thomas Newton, Tony Award nominee Cristin Milioti (Once) as Elly, and Michael Esper (The Last Ship) as Valentine, as well as 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 Nat'l Tour), Charlie Pollock (The Wild Party), and Brynn Williams (Bye Bye Birdie).
The production features scenic and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld; costume design by An D'Huys; video design by Tal Yarden; sound design by Brian Ronan; choreography by Annie-B Parson; music direction by Henry Hey; dramaturgy by Jan Peter Gerrits; stage management by James Latus; and casting by Telsey + Company/Bernard Kelsey, CSA & Andrew Femenella, CSA.
Photo Credit: Jan Versweyveld