Michael C. Hall, the “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” actor who recently appeared in Broadway’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” has signed on to star in “Lazarus,” the new David Bowie-Enda Walsh stage show that opens Off Broadway in December.
He’ll play protagonist Thomas Newton in the production, which is based on the Walter Tevis novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” In the 1976 film version of the tale, Newton was portrayed by Bowie, who will not appear in the stage incarnation but will provide original songs as well as previously recorded material.
The storyline of “Man” follows an alien (Hall) who comes to Earth looking for water for his drought-stricken planet. Irish playwright Walsh, who wrote the book for Broadway Tony-winner “Once,” collaborates with Bowie on “Lazarus,” while Ivo van Hove (“Scenes From a Marriage”), the buzzy Belgian director whose hit London staging of “A View From the Bridge” opens on Broadway in the fall, directs.
Besides “Hedwig,” Hall’s stage credits also include the Broadway play “The Realistic Joneses” and well as stints in “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” No further casting for “Lazarus” has yet been set.
“Lazarus” begins previews at Off Broadway’s New York Theater Workshop Nov. 18 ahead of a Dec. 7 opening. The production is part of a NYTW season that launches with “Fondly, Collette Richland,” the latest from popular downtown troupe Elevator Repair Service.