David Bowie’s ‘Lazarus’ is Exclusively Streaming This Weekend
When you think about it, it’s entirely appropriate that David Bowie’s last creative endeavor before he passed away on January 10, 2016 received mixed reviews – after all, The Dame never could give a toss for critical approval. Lazarus, the musical – with music and lyrics by Bowie – that premiered in New York City in 2015 (and also played in London and Amsterdam), was greeted with both glowing and damning receptions; and we imagine he delighted in the electric ambiguity of it all.
Inspired by the Walter Tevis book The Man Who Fell To Earth, the 1976 film of which ranks high in the all-time Bowie lore (with apologies to the much slighter Labyrinth), Lazarus was, despite those bothersome naysayers, a complete smash – selling out absolutely immediately. That it starred the beloved Michael C Hall (Six Feet Under, Dexter, and currently of the the prog-glam band Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum) surely didn’t diminish its allure.
To mark what would have been Bowie’s 74th birthday – as well as the (shudder) five year anniversary of his death – this coming weekend, producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment are exclusively releasing the stream of the London production of Lazarus, captured live on stage in 2016. Featuring Bowie classics and new songs written exclusively for the show – which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a surrealistic tour de force – it will be available for viewing just three times. So, obviously, plan to clear your calendar from January 8 – 10, for the repeated viewings it surely demands.
For as David himself so eloquently put it, “Keep your ‘lectric eye on me, babe / Put your ray gun to my head / Press your space face close to mine, love.”
We recommend following those instructions to the letter.
Lazarus Exclusive Streaming Premiere on Dice.fm
Friday January 8, 7pm – David Bowie’s birthday
Saturday, January 9, 7pm
Sunday, January 10, 3pm – fifth anniversary of David Bowie’s death