Here Lies Love Will Open In Australia May 2015

News   Here Lies Love Will Open In Australia May 2015 Producers Joey Parnes and Emursive in partnership with Rodney Rigby of Newtheatricals have announced the Australian premiere of the acclaimed musical Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim – slated to open in Sydney in May 2015.

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles Photo by Joan Marcus

The musical's Australian opening will serve as the theatrical center piece of the Vivid Festival.

Here's how it's billed, "Under the direction of Alex Timbers , Here Lies Love traces the astonishing journey of former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from her meteoric rise to power to her descent into infamy after the People Power Revolution. Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical, but instead it is an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment, which goes beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes to explore the tragic consequences of the abuse of power."

The Australian auditions for the production will begin in October.

Rigby said in a statement, "We are seeking female and male actors in their 20’s and 30’s reflecting the multiple ethnicities that are found throughout the population of the Republic of the Philippines, from the migrant arrivals from China, Spain, Korea and Southeast Asia, among other nations.”

For more information, and specific information about auditions, visit herelieslove.com.au​. *

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 original Public Theater production of Here Lies Love was critically acclaimed and extended four times during its initial run.

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 David Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim, with lyrics by Byrne.

The New York 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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