By Mark Shenton
18 Apr 2014
It is set to transfer to the National Theatre to launch the Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe) in October, after an extensive refurbishment as part of the NT Futures project.
According to a story in the U.K.'s Daily Mail, "NT artistic chief Nicholas Hytner and executive director Nick Starr were in New York this week, putting the final touches to negotiations to transfer Here Lies Love to the South Bank. Hytner confirmed that the show would be at the Dorfman in October."
The show, which was recently nominated for 11 Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Musical, and is the previous recipient of the Obie Award for Best Music & Lyrics and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music, is conceived by David Byrne, and features lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, and choreography by Annie-B Parson. It is directed by Alex Timbers.
According to press materials about the Off-Broadway run, "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 to power and 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 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 to celebrate Imelda’s meteoric rise to political prominence and subsequent tragic consequences of her well-documented abuse of power."
In the show, audiences stand and move with the actors.
According to the Daily Mail, "The National and the Public started talking about a possible transfer 12 months ago. Those talks wavered several times, on both sides, but there was a determination by executives at the NT to secure the show."
Further details are still to be announced.