Published Apr 02, 2015David Bowie has taken on the role of many characters throughout his impressive decades-long career, but he'll be stepping out of the spotlight and into the writers' room for a new stage production of The Man Who Fell to Earth.
As reported by the New York Times, Bowie will be co-writing a theatrical adaptation of the Walter Tevis sci-fi novel — which also served as the inspiration behind the 1976 Bowie-starring film of the same name.
The stage version will be called Lazarus and will feature new Bowie songs, as well as updated arrangements of older ones. He will be collaborating with the Tony Award-winning Irish playwright Enda Walsh, who is best known for bringing Once to the stage. The production will be helmed by Belgian avant-garde director Ivo van Hove.
"It's going to be a play with characters and songs — I'm calling it music theater, but I don't really know what it's going to be like," artistic director of New York Theater Workshop, James C. Nicola, told the Times. "I just have incredible trust in their creative vision. I'm really excited about it. These are three very different sensibilities to be colliding."
The show will not be a retelling of the book and film, though many of the same characters — including Bowie's former role of Thomas Jerome Newton — will appear. It is scheduled to open later this year.