The musical ‘Lazarus’ is set to be turned into a virtual reality experience at the upcoming V&A’s 2017 Performance Festival. The stage production features a number of songs written and composed by the late David Bowie, and stars actor Michael C. Hall.
David Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ was one of most critically acclaimed records of 2016. It will perhaps best be remembered for the secretive nature in which is was released, coming out two days before Bowie’s passing.
The record coincided with an original musical inspired by Bowie’s 1976 film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’. The musical featured an all star cast including: Michael C. Hall, Cristin Milioti, Michael Esper and Alan Cumming, and completed a six week stint off broadway in early 2016. It was later performed at London’s Kings Cross Theatre between November 2016 and January 2017.
It has now been announced that a new version of ‘Lazarus’ will feature at this years V&A Performance Festival. Footage from the show has been given a VR makeover and will be included in the ‘From VHS to VR’ event.
Actor Michael C. Hall recently had the honour of accepting the Brit Award for Best British Male Solo Artist on Bowie’s behalf. Upon receiving the award, Hall said of Bowie: “If David Bowie could be here tonight, he probably wouldn’t be here tonight. But since he can’t be here tonight, I’m here tonight on his behalf and behalf of his family to accept this testament to a man beholden to nothing but his own boundless imagination and daring, who’s ever expanding artistic vitality simultaneously soothes us and sears us and astonishes us.
He continued: “Maybe he is here tonight, I don’t know. But I’m honoured to stand before you and acknowledge the potency of his work and if I may also, to acknowledge David’s kindness and generosity and enthusiasm will forever inspire me to be a better man, on his behalf thank you.”