Nick Hern Books to publish David Bowie's musical Lazarus

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Leading theatre publisher Nick Hern Books is to publish the Complete Book and Lyrics to Lazarus, the stunning musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh, alongside its London premiere.

Released on 10 November, the publication will mark the first appearance in print of one of the final projects by singer, songwriter and actor David Bowie. Lazarus: The Complete Book and Lyrics contains the full script – including the lyrics to the seventeen songs featured in the musical, among them iconic Bowie numbers such as ‘Changes’, ‘Life on Mars?’ and ‘Heroes’, plus three new original compositions – as well as an introduction from co-author Enda Walsh, and colour photos of Bowie and the original New York production.

Lazarus: The Complete Book and Lyrics is a must-have for Bowie aficionados, music fans, and anyone keen for another opportunity to savour the genius of one of the true pioneering artists of our time.

Playwright Enda Walsh on collaborating with David Bowie: ‘No matter how plays come out, you always end up talking about yourself. David was certainly the most superb shapeshifter – one of the greatest ever collaborators too – someone who could walk his colleagues in directions they’d yet seen. But for me he remained personal in his work and spoke about where he was at that moment in really truthful terms.’

Matt Applewhite, Nick Hern Books’ Managing Director: ‘It’s a great honour to publish this astonishing collaboration between the legendary David Bowie – a true visionary of our time, for all time – and the theatrical wordsmith Enda Walsh, an NHB regular since his explosive debut Disco Pigs in 1997. As you’d expect from two boundary-breaking artists, Lazarus is unlike anything you’ve ever read, and it is threaded through with some of the most memorable, iconic lyrics from Bowie’s extraordinary career.’

Lazarus is being staged at Kings Cross Theatre, London, 25 October - 22 January 2017. Click here for more information about the production.

Nick Hern Books to publish David Bowie's musical <em>Lazarus</em>
  • Lazarus: The Complete Book and Lyrics