David Byrne Releases Here Lies Love Remix Album from Off-Broadway Musical

News   David Byrne Releases Here Lies Love Remix Album from Off-Broadway Musical Songwriter David Byrne has announced plans to release a remix album of songs featured in his acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Here Lies Love.

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles Photo by Joan Marcus

The album is composed of songs, remixed from the Here Lies Love score, which are played as audiences enter and exit the immersive musical. Set for a Sept. 30 release, the 14-track album also includes material that was written for the musical but never used.

"Here Lies Love is an immersive show in which the audience experiences the story from the floor of Millennium, a disco or dance club," Byrne said on his official website. "We knew that music should be playing as people enter the club and after the show is over...and here it is! Matt Stine and Justin Levine created over 40 minutes of energetic and exciting dance mixes related to the show. You'll hear elements from the all-star recording from a few years ago—and some songs written for the show but never used. There are mash-ups of show music, too. It's all seamless, non-stop fun."

The album can be pre-ordered here.

Set within a dance-club atmosphere, theatregoers stand and move with the actors for the duration of the show. Here Lies Love has music by Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim, with lyrics by Byrne. 

All proceeds from the album sales will benefit Gawad Kalinga, an organization based in the Philippines that aims to end poverty for 5 million families by 2024. The track listing follows:

The World Isn't Perfect / Ladies In Blue Remix
It's So Hot Today / How Are You Remix
Here Lies Love / Club Millennium Mix
Watching History / When She Passed By Remix
Disco With George / Dancing Together Remix
Puffy White Clouds / Sugartime Baby Remix
Please Do / Please Don't Remix
OOOOOOOH! / Child of the Philippines Remix
Fabulous Yellow Pills / Walk Like A Woman Remix
Good, Good, Good / The Whole Man Remix
Oh, Imelda / Poor Me Remix
Sing For Them / Here Lies Love/Every Drop of Rain Remix
Solano Avenue Shakedown / Solano Avenue Remix
Precious Little Children / You'll Be Taken Care Of Remix

Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher) stages the 90-minute, immersive musical, which centers around the First Lady of the Philippines. The production is playing an open-ended commercial run at the Public Theater.

A London production begins Sept. 30 at the National Theatre.

The cast features original stars Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively, alongside Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, with Renee Albulario, Carol Angeli, Billy Bustamante, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Kelvin Moon Loh, Jaygee Macapugay, Jeigh Madjus, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Enrico Rodriguez, Vincent Rodriguez III, George Salazar and Janelle Velasquez..

The production received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design and Projection Design and Theatre World Awards for Ruthie Ann Miles (Imelda Marcos) and Conrad Ricamora (Aquino). It was recently nominated for a record 11 Lucille Lortel Awards.

According to the Public, "Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos retracing her meteoric rise from childhood to her subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but a wholly immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to go beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes and explore the true tragic consequences of power and responsibility."

Here Lies Love has set design by David Korins, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection design by Peter Nigrini. Annie-B Parson is choreographer.

Tickets range from $99-$139. For more info, visit herelieslove.com.


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