Inspired by Walter Tevis’ novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth”, the new and exciting musical, Lazarus shows Thomas Newton drunkenly stumbling around a New York apartment fenced in by past regrets and wanting to escape.
Michael C. Hall plays Newton, a man searching for a decent way to die with help from a tiny, white-haired, otherworldly girl with the look of an angel.
A dark and mysterious figure named Valentine, circles malevolently, delivering the occasional massacre and a statement about the ugliness of the world.
These unnatural and disjointed sequences of events are tightly strung together with new and old David Bowie songs, which are beautifully sung with deep emotion and grit.
Hall captivatingly guides us through this journey, exploring Enda Walsh and David Bowie’s notions of the power of the imagination with an impassioned and energetic verve.
There is excellent support throughout the company; Sophia Anne Caruso sings with ghostly purity as the otherworldly Girl while Michael Esper’s sinister Valentine makes your skin cruel and Amy Lennox’s portrayal of Elly is spine-chillingly tremendous.
The set is very simplistic, letting the actors really take all of the attention, with a large screen in the middle of the stage and two large glass panels either side. Behind both of which, the incredible band could be seen throughout the entirety of the performance.
This musical really stands out for the fine details, as every little detail is used to convey a feeling or develop the plot. The director, Ivo van Hove, has created a show, which encapsulates an audience and immerses them within the storyline.
It is like a pop video as music pours through the auditorium, the actors perform synchronised movement whilst the screens project surreal and unnerving imagery so of which simulates the action taking place on stage.
Although the story line is a little hard to follow due to its quirkiness, the actors’ focus and performance teamed with the undoubtedly expressive music really do make it worthwhile.
After Bowie’s death in early 2016, this musical has become even more poignant, tickets have been selling fast and not many seats are available as the run at the King’s Cross theatre ends on 22nd January 2017. I can assure you, this show is unmissable.