Michael C. Hall, the star of David Bowie‘s musical Lazarus, says he recorded the cast album the day he learned of the singer’s death.
“I woke up on a Monday morning and had many texts and found out and was really gratified and humbled by the fact that we had actually scheduled to record the album that day,” said Hall at Saturday’s Sundance Film Festival premiere of his movie Christine, co-starring Rebecca Hall.
“So we all went into the studio as we had planned and we’re really thankful that we were able to get together and honor him. … It’s really one of the most special and humbling experiences I’ve had as an actor, to play that role and to take part in telling that story and helping to create something that was in the final chapter of Bowie’s artistic output. It was really incredible.”
Bowie wrote the musical with Irish playwright Enda Walsh as a sequel to the 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis, which inspired the 1976 film of the same name that he starred in.
The 18 songs in the musical include some of Bowie’s biggest hits — such as “Changes,” ”Heroes,” ”Absolute Beginners” and “Life on Mars” — as well as new songs like “Lazarus,” taken from Bowie’s latest Blackstar album.
Lazarus closed on Jan. 20 after its two-month run at the New York Theatre Workshop.