He will write new music for stage adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth

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David Bowie is co-writing a new stage work based on The Man Who Fell To Earth.

Called Lazarus, according to The New York Times, the project is a collaboration with Irish playwright Edna Walsh.

The play will feature new songs by Bowie, as well as new arrangements of older songs.

Broadway.com reports the production, to be directed by Ivo van Hove, will open later this year at the New York Theater Workshop.

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

He explained that Bowie been seeking to do a theatrical work inspired by Walter Tevis’s original novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, and brought the idea to van Hove, who subsequently approached  the New York theater.

“It’s going to be a play with characters and songs — I’m calling it music theater, but I don’t really know what it’s going to be like, I just have incredible trust in their creative vision,” Nicola said. “I’m really excited about it. These are three very different sensibilities to be colliding.”

Mr. Nicola said that the show would not be a straight retelling of the story as it appears in Tevis’ book and Nic Roeg‘s film, but would feature some of the same characters.