David Bowie recruits ‘Dexter’ actor Michael C Hall for new musical ‘Lazarus’

The production is based on 1976 film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' and will feature new Bowie tracks

‘Dexter’ actor Michael C Hall will reportedly star in David Bowie‘s new musical stage show.

As previously reported, Bowie is working on a new stage show based on his 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, which saw the musician playing the character of an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton.

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The new show, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, is to be directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove and will be titled ‘Lazarus’.

Now, the Hollywood Reporter claim that Hall, best known for playing a murderous forensic scientist in US TV show ‘Dexter’ and a funeral director in ‘Six Feet Under’, will portray Newton in the off-Broadway production.

It had previously been confirmed that the show will feature new songs by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of older songs. Director van Hove also told the BBC that the new songs “sound like classics”.

Van Hove said: “Some of the songs sound as if you have heard them for ever – like classics… There are romantic songs – because his songs are deeply romantic – and there are songs about violence and the ugly world surrounding us. That’s what these new songs are about.”

The director also added of the new arrangements of old songs: “[Bowie] told me he is going to give his songs a new skin”.

Van Hove also confirmed that Bowie “will not be on stage”, adding: “I don’t think that is the thing he likes most in his life”.


The Man Who Fell To Earth was released in 1976 and featured Bowie starring alongside Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Bernie Casey. It was directed by Nicolas Roeg and based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis.