By Adam Hetrick
10 Apr 2014
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Beginning April 14, a limited number of $40 day-of-performance rush tickets will be available at The Public Theater box office beginning at 6 PM for all subsequent Tuesday and Wednesday performances through May 15. Beginning May 19, the tickets will be available for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. Tickets are subject to availability, and the offer is good for two tickets per person, cash only.
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 will officially open May 1 in the LuEsther Theater, where it premeired last year.
The new, open-ended commercial run is produced by Joey Parnes and Emursive (Randy Weiner, Arthur Karpati, Jonathan Hochwald).
In addition to original stars Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song), the cast will feature many members of the original cast, including Conrad Ricamora, Renee Albulario, Carol Angeli, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Kelvin Moon Loh, Jaygee Macapugay, Jeigh Madjus, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, George Salazar and Janelle Velasquez.
"There was an overwhelming desire, both by the fans of this work and those of us who are committed to it, to get it back to New York this season," said producer Joey Parnes in a statement. "We spent of a lot of time looking for the perfect space to remount it, so when its original home became available, it created a perfect opportunity."
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).
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.