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Bowie writing songs for stage show

Published 02/04/2015

David Bowie has reinvented himself in roles including glam rocker, soul singer and hippie songwriter
David Bowie has reinvented himself in roles including glam rocker, soul singer and hippie songwriter

David Bowie is writing a stage show based on his 1976 science-fiction film The Man Who Fell To Earth.

A spokesman for the star confirmed a report in The New York Times that Bowie is working with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, wh o won a Tony Award for Once, on the show.

Bowie will not appear on stage, but is writing new songs for the show which will focus on Thomas Newton - the character he played in the film.

James C Nicola, the artistic director of the New York Theatre Workshop, said the show had been in secret development for some years.

He told The New York Times : " It's going to be a play with characters and songs - I'm calling it music theatre, but I don't really know what it's going to be like, I just have incredible trust in their creative vision."

Bowie stunned his fans two yeas ago when he ma de a surprise comeback and suddenly released a new single on his 66th birthday with an album out just weeks later after 10 years of silence.

The star has made a habit of confounding the critics - killing off his Ziggy Stardust persona at the height of his fame - and reinventing himself in roles including glam rocker, soul singer and hippie songwriter.

His role in The Man Who Fell To Earth played on his alien alter-ego and made the film, directed by Nicolas Roeg, a cult classic.

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