David Bowie’s death prompted Michael C. Hall and the cast of the David Bowie musical Lazarus to issue a statement. David Bowie passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer on January 10, 2016. Before his death, he released a new album, Blackstar, and wrote a musical, Lazarus, that is currently playing at the New York Theater Workshop (NYTW) with Michael C. Hall cast in the lead.
The musical was David Bowie’s first and is set to run until January 20. Lazarus features a number of David Bowie’s songs, and the lead song is also on Bowie’s 25th and final album, Blackstar. Other songs featured in the Lazarus musical include “Changes,” “Life on Mars,” “Heroes,” and “The Man Who Sold the World,” according to a report by NBC New York 4.
Jim Nicola, the artistic director of New York Theater Workshop, issued the statement on behalf of Michael C. Hall, the Lazarus cast and those who work with NYTW.
“Everyone at NYTW and Lazarus is deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest artist of our time. We are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Mr. Bowie on his theatrical piece, Lazarus, and we look forward to honoring his work onstage as Lazarus plays its final performances.”
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Michael C. Hall and the cast of Lazarus appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and performed the musical’s theme song, “Lazarus.” The appearance was mid-December, and at that time, no one was aware that David Bowie was fighting cancer or that the musical would become symbolic of his death. Since David Bowie’s death, the “Lazarus” video has new meaning to his fans. You can watch Michael C. Hall and the cast perform “Lazarus” followed by David Bowie’s video that now demonstrates David Bowie’s battle with cancer and acceptance that his death was imminent in the videos below.
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Many fans have used social media networks such as YouTube, Google Plus, Facebook, and Twitter to share their reactions to David Bowie’s death and Lazarus video. Many have described it as haunting, chilling, and genius.
David Bowie’s death came as a surprise to his fans worldwide. As many people mourn the death of David Bowie, tributes are being planned to honor him.
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On January 10, 2016, before word of David Bowie’s death became public knowledge, the New York Times reported about a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall that had been planned to honor Bowie. Just 24 hours later, the world would find out that David Bowie had in fact passed away on January 10, and now the Carnegie Hall tribute has become a memorial concert.
The memorial tribute concert is organized by Michael Dorf, and there is an official website that states who will participate. The tribute concert is titled “The Music of David Bowie.” Artists scheduled to perform at the show include Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson, Jakob Dylan, and more. As fans continue to mourn David Bowie’s death, more people want to see Lazarus, which is an off-Broadway musical. Would you like to see the musical add more dates, or even move to Broadway? Do you want to see Micahel C. Hall perform in Lazarus? Do you plan to attend the David Bowie tribute concert?
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Since the time of this article, a new report about David Bowie is going viral. According to reports, the last photos on David Bowie’s Instagram, may be the last photos taken of the singer, actor and writer before his death. It is unclear exactly when the photos were taken, but they are the last ones posted just two days before his death. The photos were taken on what is believed to have been David Bowie’s birthday, Jan. 8, 2016.
The photos are credited to David Bowie’s long time friend and photographer Jimmy King.
While it’s unclear when King shot the photos, or if these are the last photos of David Bowie, it is clear that Bowie looked jovial and robust. The photos were taken as promotional stills for David Bowie’s final album Blackstar that was released just two days prior to his death. You can see what might be the last photos of David Bowie below.
The caption to the photos read as follows.
“Why is this man so happy? Is it because it’s his 69th birthday or that he has released his 28th studio album today and it’s a corker?” read the caption. “Who knows, but we’re sure you’ll want to join us in congratulating him on both.”
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