Last December David Bowie’s musical Lazarus opened a scant few weeks before his death, and now, after months of waiting, the official cast recording has been released on iTunes and other streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The albums include 23 tracks, five of which are performed by Bowie himself, while the main cast performs 17 tracks, and 1 is an excerpt from Ricky Nelson’s “Hello Mary Lou.”
The musical follows the alien Thomas Jerome Newton, a character Bowie had previously played in Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth, as he attempts to find a way back to his home planet. Many of the songs featured are songs from Bowie’s previous albums, ranging from classics like “Changes” and “‘Heroes'” to more modern tracks like “Valentine’s Day” and the titular song “Lazarus.” The real surprise here is that three of the tracks are previously unreleased songs assumed to be some of the last recordings Bowie made before his death.
The cast includes Micheal C. Hall, of Dexter fame, as well as Lynn Craig, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Micheal Esper among others.