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Cast recordings of “Life on Mars?”, “Lazarus” from David Bowie’s Lazarus musical released — listen

on September 16, 2016, 10:24am

After a short and sold-out run in New York City, David Bowie’s Lazarus musical is set to open this fall in London. Just ahead of the show’s debut across the pond, ISO/Columbia/RCA will release the original cast recording on October 21st.

Available on double-CD and triple-LP, the Lazarus soundtrack sees the play’s stars covering some of Bowie’s greatest hits. (It will also feature three new songs from Bowie himself, the last material he ever recorded.) For those unable to catch the NYC run or get to England, this may be the closest you’ll get to experiencing the original production — and from the two just-released previews, that experience might be worth it.

Above, listen to Michael C. Hall (as the alien Thomas Jerome Newton) sing the musical’s title track, originally from the Mercury Prize-nominated Below, you’ll find Sophia Anna Caruso (Newton’s muse)’s rendition of the classic “Life on Mars?”. Warning: the latter almost brought tears to my eyes, so be prepared.

Hall recently performed “Lazarus” at the Mercury Awards ceremony, and you can revisit that here. A sequel to Bowie’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus was written by Bowie and Enda Walsh and directed by Ivo van Hove.

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