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Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips attended the launch of The Production Company’s 2019 season at the Raheen mansion in Kew. The new season features 3 productions including the David Bowie music theatre work Lazarus. In our video coverage, Greg catches up with Lazarus Australian production Director Michael Kantor, actor iOTA, and launch guitarist Simon Hosford.

Yesterday (Feb 19) Jeanne Pratt AC, Chairman of The Production Company, announced her Company’s 21st Season comprising three musicals. This new season will feature two Australian premieres: David Bowie’s LAZARUS and RAGTIME as well as the all time Broadway favourite, Thoroughly Modem Millie.

Lazarus opens in Melbourne’s Arts Centre Playhouse on May 18 for 27 performances. The cast will include Chris Ryan, iOTA, Emily Milledge, Phoebe Panaretos, and Mike McLeish.

Lazarus was David Bowie’s final project and was first staged in New York in 2015. It is a ground breaking music theatre work featuring 18 Bowie songs including Changes, Heroes and Absolute Beginners.

Inspired by the Walter Tevis novel, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Lazarus is about an alien, unable to die. We follow him during the course of a few days when the arrival of another lost soul might finally set him free. David Bowie co-wrote lazarus with Enda Walsh who also wrote the book for the award winning musical, Once.

Jeanne Pratt AC said ”The premiere of David Bowie and Enda Walsh’s music theatre masterpiece, Lazarus will open our season. It’s a great pleasure and an honour for The Production Company to be staging David Bowie’s final masterpiece with an outstanding creative team headed by the acclaimed director Michael Kantor. I love to feature a comedy in our seasons and there are few shows more joyous than Thoroughly Modem Millie, a fun-filled ride
into the heart of the roaring twenties. Our third musical, Ragtime, is a sweeping musical portrait of early twentieth century America, based on the bestselling novel by E. L Doctorow. We couldn’t have done this for the past twenty years without our musical loving audiences. Thank you, Melbourne.”

Subscriptions for TPC’s 2019 Season are now on sale.

Photos by Mary Boukouvalas

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