The chameleon of rock David Bowie is going to be writing new songs for a New York theatre production called Lazarus. The show is inspired by the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, by Walter Tevis, and centres on the character of Thomas Newton, played by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.
It will be directed by Ivo van Hove, whose recent London productions include Antigone, with Juliet Binoche, and the sell-out A View From the Bridge, starring Mark Strong. Bowie is going to work on the project with playwright Edna Walsh, who is known for Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy, and Ballyturk. Walsh also won a Tony Award for the musical Once. Bowie isn’t expected to be casted for the production, but you can expect to see it this winter.