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Bowie's 'Lazarus' set for off-Broadway premiere

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The New York Theatre Workshop announced today that it will give David Bowie’s Lazarus—a musical adaptation of Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth—its world premiere at an off-Broadway venue in the 2015-2016 season.

According to The New York TimesBowie has been working on the project privately for years, which he co-wrote with Once playwright Edna Walsh and composed new songs for. It’ll also feature fresh arrangements of old songs, although which ones those are haven’t been announced. Belgian director Ivo van Hove will spearhead the project; Hove used some of Bowie’s music in a Brooklyn-based, Dutch-language production of Angels In America last year.

This isn’t the first time Bowie has been affiliated with Tevis’ science-fiction story. In 1976, Bowie starred as the story’s alcohlic alien protagonist in a film adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg. He also played the lead role in a 1980 production of Elephant Man that ran in Denver, Chicago, and New York.