Michael C Hall has described meeting David Bowie and working with the late star on the musical Lazarus.
The stage show, which opened in New York late last year, is based on Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, which saw the musician playing the character of an alcoholic alien called Thomas Newton. The show, co-written with Irish playwright Enda Walsh and directed by Belgian director Ivo van Hove, stars Dexter and Six Feet Under actor Hall as Newton. It will run at the Kings Cross Theatre in London from October 25, 2016 to January 21, 2017.
Speaking to NME on the Mercury Prize red carpet, Hall said of meeting and working with Bowie: “The first time I met him, which was an amazing day, he asked at one point, ‘You know I have a demo of that song. Would you find it helpful to listen to that?’ I said ‘Yeah, maybe’ [laughs]”.
“I’m sort of pinching myself,” he added.
The ‘Lazarus Cast Album’, which comes out next month to coincide with the play’s London opening, will include three final Bowie studio recordings (‘No Plan’, ‘Killing A Little Time’ and ‘When I Met You’). Asked what these recordings sound like, Hall replied: “How do you try to describe something like that?”
Hall also described recording the album on the day that Bowie died. “We woke up to the news and that coincided with the day that we were recording the album,” he revealed. “It was very, very heavy and sad in a way but we are also thankful that we could do something and to celebrate him and fulfil a wish he had.”
A 2CD/3LP ‘Lazarus Cast Album’ will be released on October 21 via ISO/RCA Records. Ahead of its release, you can hear the cast recordings of ‘Life On Mars?’, as sung by Sophia Anne Caruso, and ‘Lazarus’, sung by Michael C Hall. Stream below via Apple Music.