David Bowie’s Lazarus To Be Streamed Online In January
To remember David Bowie on his birthday and to mark the fifth anniversary of his untimely death, producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment Inc are exclusively releasing the stream of the London production of Lazarus, captured live on stage. The streaming will be available for three performances only. This will be the UK premiere of the filmed version of this remarkable show.
Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, by Walter Tevis (The Queen’s Gambit) 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 over the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might finally set him free.
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) stars as Newton, the character famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth directed by Nicolas Roeg.
Lazarus co-stars Sophia Anne Caruso (Beetlejuice on Broadway) and the production is directed by Ivo van Hove (All About Eve, Network and A View From The Bridge).
Lazarus opened at The New York Theatre Workshop in November 2015. The London production opened in November 2016 where it played a sold-out run. Lazarus includes songs from Bowie’s iconic catalogue as well as new songs written for the stage including the title song, Lazarus.
The 3 dates chosen for streaming are of great significance, as they hold a lot of meaning:
8th January is David Bowie’s birthday, and 10th January will mark the fifth anniversary of Bowie’s untimely death.
Where to watch
Lazarus will be exclusively premiered on Dice.fm, and these live-streamed events will be available for three performances only in multiple time zones (GMT, AEDT, EST, PST, CST) from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January 2021.
Tickets cost £16 (or equivalent) and additional donations will be shared between two charities – Theatre Artists Fund and Help Musicians. Full details on how to access the show will be available in the DICE app and sent by email 30 minutes before the stream is due to start.
What To Expect
When the show premiered off-Broadway back in 2015, it seemed audiences were taken aback, yet warmly received the performance. Reviewing the New York Theatre Workshop, Alexis Soloski from The Guardian perhaps put it into words best, in describing the show as:
“A theatrical odyssey and almost impossible to understand. This should be a terrible show. It seems unlikely that it is what its collaborators imagined, and what they have created makes perilously little sense. But those collaborators are so extravagantly talented and the performers undertake what’s asked of them – writhing lasciviously against a refrigerator, slipping and sliding in a pool of milk, popping dozens of black balloons – with such dedication and verve that it’s nearly impossible not to be persuaded and baffled and at least a little thrilled.”