David Bowie was an inspiration and hero to a Tauranga woman who penned an original musical, which opens tonight, in his honour.

Writer Sam Martin, 45, was touched by Bowie’s music and life, particularly his celebration of the individual and the unique.

The legendary rock and pop star died on Sunday aged 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

“David Bowie always swam upstream from society.¬†“His music showed people it’s okay to be different and inspired us to celebrate being different,” Ms Martin said.

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