We are truly honoured to have the opportunity to be involved in the late David Bowie’s last piece of creative genius, Lazarus.
This production of Lazarus (https://lazarusmusical.com) by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, originally opened at New York Theatre Workshop on November 18, 2015 starring Michael C. Hall.
The US Production sold out within hours of going on sale, and due to unprecedented demand, was extended by two weeks.
What is Lazarus?
The musical, which was David Bowie’s final work, features songs specially composed for the musical as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs.
The musical is inspired by the 1963 novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” by Walter Tevis, and centres on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 film.
It was the last thing Bowie was working on prior to his death. He always wanted to write a musical and it was one of his last wishes that this would make it to the West End stage.
The show has 4 original Bowie songs that have yet to be released as well as the title song Lazarus, which was on the album Blackstar, that he released on the Friday before he died.
Michael C Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under fame) is playing the lead role and sang the title song Lazarus, live at the recent Mercury Awards, to wide acclaim. You can see that performance by clicking here.
Since going on sale at the beginning of August the Production has already taken £2m at the box office, £1m of which was taken on the first day of going on sale. No marketing or press has yet been done, with news of the Production, simply announced on Bowie’s official website.
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Understandably, the production is fully capitalised, however the Production company has offered Shadow Foundr an allocation of just £250k for a two-week period only.
After this time, the Producers will fill whatever is remaining through the myriad pledges they already have from existing investors. In other words, the production will be fully capitalised, regardless of whether we fill the £250k allocation or not.
The first public performance of the London Production is intended to be on October 25th, 2016 with the opening night planned to be on November 8th, 2016 at King’s Cross Theatre. The initial run of the Production is expected to be 13 playing weeks until January 22nd, 2017.
The investment is in the form of a profit-share and investors will also be able to invest the same percentage going forward in all international productions of which there is a huge amount of interest already, including Broadway, Berlin, Australia and Asia.
Above: David Bowie (Writer) and Ivo Van Hove (Director)
A prolific entertainer, David Bowie released over thirty albums throughout his fifty years in the music industry, including The Man Who Sold The World, Space Oddity, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station, Young Americans; Low and Heroes with Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; Outside with Eno, Heathen, and, most recently, The Next Day, which was critically lauded across the world, and in 2014 the compilation Nothing Has Changed.
As an actor, Bowie appeared on Broadway in The Elephant Man, and can be seen in the films The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan, as well as Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, Tony Scott’s The Hunger and Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence.
In 2007, Bowie starred as himself in an acclaimed episode of Extras, Ricky Gervais’ series on HBO.
In 1996, Bowie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1999, he became a Commandeur dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
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