I just got back from seeing David Bowie's Lazarus!
He always wanted to do a musical and he totally did it with this
project! It's everything that you'd expect from a Bowie musical: it's
unique, cool, creative, and special. Everyone from the cast (the stars
being Michael C. Hall, Cristin Millioti, and Sophia Anne Caruso), to the
band (guitar 2/aux keyboard, JJ Appleton, drums, Brian Delaney,
tenor/bariton sax, Lucas Dodd, bass, Fima Ephron, trombone, Karl Lyden,
guitar 1, Chris McQueen, and
synth/orchestration/arrangements, Henry Hey) were incredible. The plot
was as trippy, random, and crazy as you'd also expect from Bowie and
from the book and movie, The Man Who Fell to Earth, that this musical is
based off of. Brilliant use of technology that immersed the audience
and actors alike into the story. I was smiling the whole time to every
Bowie song that was sung, many from his back catalog (like Life on
Mars?, The Man Who Sold the World, Changes, Heroes, Absolute Beginners,
and many others), some more recent ones (like Valentine's Day from his
last album, The Next Day), one from his soon-to-be-released album ★
(Lazarus), and two more new songs (both absolutely gorgeous). I feel
very lucky to be the one of not that many to been able to see the
wonderful Lazarus, a one-of-a-kind show from a man who's a one-of-a-kind
(The gorgeous poster in front of the New York Theatre Workshop)
(My ticket. I was front row - up close and personal!)
info about the book/movie, production hours (2 hours, no intermission)
and a mention of the video performance by Alan Cumming).
After the show on my way back to the F train, I went into this vintage clothing and
record store (and when we're talking about vintage, they had rare
Beatles records, fancy guitars, art books, etc. that cost in the
$1000-$2000 range!), and there I found this super rare and super vintage
Elton John Pinball Wizard machine!
Oh if only I were rich.