David Bowie writes songs for a brand new New York musical.
The internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to New York Theatre Workshop with a new production, LAZARUS by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. Mr. Walsh makes his return to NYTW after the successful run of Once. LAZARUS features songs specially composed by Mr. Bowie for this production as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. LAZARUS is inspired by the 1963 novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Mr. Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.
NYTW’s Obie and Lortel award-winning company-in-residence Elevator Repair Service crosses theatrical boundaries once again with the remarkable world premiere play FONDLY, COLLETTE RICHLAND by Sibyl Kempson. Best known for their bold interpretations of classic American literature (The Sound and the Fury, The Select, Gatz), this visionary company breaks new ground in its first collaboration with a living playwright – an NYTW Usual Suspect with a singularly inventive new voice. Kempson creates an imaginative world brought to life by ERS’s unforgettable ensemble of actors under the direction of ERS Artistic Director John Collins, and with original haunting compositions played live by Mike Iveson. Mr. and Mrs. “Fritz” Fitzhubert are at home in a wintry town in everyday America when they are summoned through a wee little secret door in their living room. On the other side, they find themselves in an Alpen hotel populated by mysterious employees, guests and relatives who coax them into souvenir shopping, perilous hikes and, ultimately, the assumption of ancient identities. When eventually they return home from this phantasmagorical world, they find their lives forever altered.
The remainder of the 2015/16 season will be announced soon. A variety of membership packages are now available for the 2015/16 season at NYTW.org or by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (12-8pm daily). Select packages include tickets to FOREVER, the fourth and final production of the 2014/15 season (April 22 – May 32, 2015), created and performed by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith and directed by Neel Keller. FOREVER begins previews on Wednesday, April 22nd and officially opens on Monday, May 4, 2015 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003). FOREVER runs through Sunday, May 31, 2015.
New York Theatre Workshop, now in its 31st season of incubating important new works of theatre, continues to honor its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape all our lives. Each season, from its home in New York’s East Village, NYTW presents four new productions, over 80 readings and numerous workshop productions for over 45,000 audience members. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs, including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies and artist fellowships. Over the last three decades, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson’s Rent, Tony Kushner’s Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright’s Quills, Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick’s The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, Martha Clarke’s Vienna: Lusthaus, Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, Far Away, and A Number, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath, Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher, and Enda Walsh’s Once. Last season, the Workshop received critical acclaim for Caryl Churchill’s newest play, Love and Information, as well as What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined, which garnered Drama Desk, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations. NYTW’s productions have received a Pulitzer Prize, seventeen Tony Awards and assorted Obie, Drama Desk, and Lucille Lortel Awards.