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Members say: Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

About the show

New York Theatre Workshop presents this sci-fi production, with songs by David Bowie and directed by Ivo van Hove, about a human-looking alien who comes to Earth seeking a way to bring water back to his home planet. More…

Internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove returns to New York Theatre Workshop with 'Lazarus,' by David Bowie and Enda Walsh. 'Lazarus' features songs specially composed for this production by Mr. Bowie as well as new arrangements of previously recorded songs. 'Lazarus,' inspired by the 1963 classic sci-fi novel 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' by Walter Tevis, centers on the character of Thomas Newton, an extraterrestrial who lands on Earth while looking for ways to send water to his drought-plagued planet.

Member Reviews (94)


Confusing, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing
Avg Score

See almost any show directed by ivo van hove but probably not this one

See it if you enjoy kinetic performance by Cristin Milioti (Once), brilliantly innovative use of video screens, and David Bowie anthems

Don't see it if you need to see a linear play/play with which you connect or don't like high concept plays (play shows "yearning" in various forms)

Absorbing, Epic, Intense, Quirky, Exquisite

See it if You're a fan of David Bowie. You like experimental theatre. You like stories that are open to interpretation. You want great singing.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of David Bowie. You prefer more traditional theatre. You prefer stories that have only 1 interpretation.

Dizzying, Edgy, Confusing, Disappointing, Intense

See it if You love David Bowie, and don't care whether or not a musical has a plot.

Don't see it if You require a plot and dislike experimental music theater.

Incoherent, One-dimensional acting, Boring, Pretentious, Slow

See it if you like the music of David Bowie. Also, if you want to see acclaimed director Ivo van Hove stumble.

Don't see it if you like a coherent book with multi-dimensional characters.

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Rip david bowie, Great singing

See it if you're a David Bowie fan, like the film The Man Who Fell to Earth, want to see creative staging with a lot of projections and balloons

Don't see it if you want a very clear storyline, you're not really interested in anything about Lazarus and only want to go because it's a hot ticket

Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy avant garde theater with good performances , and good music. Bowie's music well interpreted here. The staging is clever.

Don't see it if you require traditional story telling.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Original

See it if you're a fan of Bowie, great performances (Michael C. Hall is stunning), or shows that take you on a journey through a struggling mind.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional plot, straightforward characters, and a predictable story arc.

Confusing, Lots of blood, Excruciating, Disappointing, Pretentious

See it if if you like theater that would have been avant-garde in the 1970s.

Don't see it if you appreciate a coherent plot and characters with motivation.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Profound, Riveting

See it if David Bowie!!!

Don't see it if Expecting Oklahoma!

Confused, Excruciating

See it if All you really care about is the Bowie songs.

Don't see it if You prefer acting to posing, and a plot to a jukebox. (and I love Ivo.)

Confusing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Original

See it if you're a Bowie fan, you like seeing new talent (Sofia Caruso), you're looking for something different.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2 hours, you don't like weird, you don't like projections, you're not a Bowie fan.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if enjoy Bowie's music and enjoy unconventional, artsy theatre with a very impressive cast who know how to bring it on stage.

Don't see it if you do not like stories that are out there with great imagination & if you do not like to be left wondering.

Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if you want to see some interesting visuals and decent vocal performances and coherence doesn't matter to you.

Don't see it if you like the plays you see to make any goddamn sense whatsoever.

Confusing, Edgy, Great staging, Great songs, Bizarre

See it if you love david bowie's music and are a fan of the man who fell to earth. It is a follow up to the movie and it helps if you remember the mov

Don't see it if you like your shows to be clear and linear. the plot is fantastical and hard to follow. but it is never boring

Confusing, Great staging, Great music, Indulgent

See it if you love Bowie's music and avant-garde aesthetic.

Don't see it if you dislike experimental theater.

Original, Confusing, Daring

See it if You don't think you need to understand something to be captivated by it. You want to erase Elsa Mars's rendition of two songs from your mind

Don't see it if You think you're going to see Mamma Mia Bowie-style.

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Resonant, Quirky

See it if Great David Bowie music, imaginative

Don't see it if Confusing, disjointed

Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you are a die-hard fan of David Bowie and/or director van Hove.

Don't see it if you need a clear story-line, and cannot sit through two hours of a muddy concept and characterization.

Confusing, Ambitious, Overwhelming

See it if you're a die-hard David Bowie fan and like the cast. Everybody's working hard here. Just didn't do much for me.

Don't see it if you prefer to leave the theatre without a headache. This ambitious show is often uncomfortably bright, painfully loud, and hard to follow.

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Profound, Slow

See it if You have a great deal of patience and don't need everything to make sense right away. You like seeing people taking risks

Don't see it if You need something surface-level, ready to digest.

Strange, Entertaining, Confusing

See it if you like Bowie's music.

Don't see it if you want a coherent story.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent, Riveting, Edgy

See it if If you like a new kind of story telling and like to think while watching a show. If you're into new sounds through rock music & great actors

Don't see it if If you're easily confused or dislike edgy, unique musicals;

Clever, Confusing, Disappointing, Original, Absorbing

See it if you are a fan of David Bowie's music. Script is confusing. The play looks/sounds great. I was fascinating but wanted more 'something'.

Don't see it if avant garde/modern is not your thing or don't like David Bowie's music. This play/musical is certainly not for everyone. Entertained but '?

Confusing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like david bowie and his music and want to see an excellent performance by michael c hall. very confusing story

Don't see it if you don't like david bowie. a lot of the story made more sense after bowie's death. destined for bdwy due to his passing & greater interest

Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Original

See it if You enjoy new and different work

Don't see it if You need a break in a two hour show without an intermission... or if you don't enjoy Bowie.

December 7th, 2015
"The great-sounding, great-looking and mind-numbing new musical built around songs by David Bowie...The script, by Mr. Bowie and Mr. Walsh, switches between passages of flat-footed, literal-minded exposition and cryptic collegiate dialogue...The rest of the cast members don’t always sound convinc...
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December 7th, 2015
"There’s precious little cheer to be had at 'Lazarus,' as it circles around a dramatic void...Despite the attractive ensemble’s sweaty, passionate effort and van Hove’s cinematic staging, there is a book...And that book more often bogs down in a portentous mode one might call In Yer Face Beckett ...
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December 7th, 2015
"So much imaginative horsepower has gone into the project that your contribution (and too often, it seems, your presence) is hardly wanted...The problem, for theatergoers looking for characters and narrative and the other useful trappings of drama, is that with all the visual and aural informatio...
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December 7th, 2015
"The show is an alienation alt-musical that channels the trippy dream state of an alcoholic extraterrestrial insomniac. So the two hours of 'Lazarus' are predictably strange, often impenetrable and a tad pretentious, but always fascinating, even when distancing...Whether or not the outre folly of...
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