Musicals to see in London

January 25, 2016
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David Bowie arriving for the opening night of his play LazarusYesterday, Robert Fox, the producer of Lazarus and theatre impresario behind a confirmed to the Telegraph that Lazarus will come to London “in the fullness of time”.

Discussions are already underway to find a venue to host the show, large enough to cope with the demand of fans desperate to see Bowie’s final output.

When asked about potential plans to tour the musical, James Nicola, the artistic director of the New York Theatre Workshop, said yesterday : “I've heard all kinds of interest and scenarios and so forth. I would hope so. It's such a strong work of art.”

David Bowie The musical shares a name with one of the tracks in his Blackstar album, released just two days before his death as a poignant “parting gift” for fans.

Even before news of his death from cancer broke, the show, which is based on the character, Thomas Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth, had received warm reviews and was nearly sold out at the New York Theatre Workshop.

In an interview in 2000 with Jeremy Paxman, Bowie disclosed how he had always hoped to create musicals for the West End and Broadway.

He had previously considered writing The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and George Orwell’s 1984 for the stage, but had never made as much progress as in his pop career.

"When I was a teenager I had it in my mind that I would be a creator of musicals for the West End and Broadway, and people would do my songs, ” Bowie told Paxman, of his career dreams.

"I was not a natural performer, I didn't feel at ease on the stage. Ever.

"I had created this one character, Ziggy Stardust; it seemed that I myself would play him because no-one else was doing my stuff. I felt really comfortable going on stage as somebody else and it seemed a quite natural idea to keep doing that."

“I knew to stay only a short time and so as I got up to leave, true gentleman that he was, he got up too and walked me to the door. He said, "You're a genius to have got Lazarus on in such a short time, " and I said, "No I'm a facilitator - you're a genius, " and we laughed, and we hugged and I knew as I walked back to the East Village, where the musical Lazarus is set, that that was last time I would see David on this earth and that although it is highly unusual, it is still possible to be at one and the same time, brilliant and generous and modest and fair and kind and loving and a STARMAN.”

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Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
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