David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ musical to be released as a film

A screening will take place in New York with a live band

Lazarus, the musical featuring songs written and composed by the late David Bowie, is set to be released as a film, with a special screening announced in New York.

Bowie wrote the musical with Enda Walsh shortly before his passing. It was inspired by Walter Tevis’ novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1976 movie adaptation of which Bowie starred in.

The show was first performed during a six-week stint in New York in late 2015 and early 2016 and then moved to London’s Kings Cross Theatre from November 2016 to January 2017.

Songs from the musical were released as a posthumous album and was also later turned into a VR experience.

Now, a film version of the London production will be screened at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn on May 2, starring Dexter’s Michael C Hall and backed by the live band from the original New York run.

The event is being billed as a “motion picture/live soundtrack experience”. Tickets go on sale this Tuesday (March 20).

David Bowie statue

Recently, it was announced that a David Bowie statue is set to be unveiled in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Bowie is rumoured to have first performed as his Ziggy Stardust persona and debuted two albums at gigs at the town’s Friars music venue in the early 1970s. The statue sees Bowie dressed as his Ziggy Stardust persona with various other versions of Bowie looking on.

Three rare David Bowie records are also set to be released for Record Store Day 2018, including an iconic London live performance.

Record Store Day, which takes place on April 21, will see Bowie’s ‘Welcome To The Blackout (Live London ’78)’ album be released as a 3xLP set. The record features recordings from Bowie’s ‘Isolar II’ tour performances at London’s now-demolished Earls Court on June 30 and July 1 1978.

Elsewhere, eagled-eyed Bowie fans will be able to nab a 12″ single which features the first full-length of ‘Let’s Dance’, along with a live version on the b-side. Finally, ‘Bowie Now’ – a rare 1977 US only promotional-only LP, featuring tracks from ‘Heroes’ and ‘Low’ – will get its first commercial release.