PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!" A Two-Show Day With Melody Butiu at the Immersive Imelda Marcos Musical Here Lies Love

By Matthew Blank
30 Jun 2014

The open-ended Off-Broadway commercial run of Here Lies Love, the immersive David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical about the lives of Filipino leaders Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, plays the Public Theater. Melody Butiu, who plays Estrella, shares a recent two-show day at the unique theatrical experience.





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Fight call with George Salazar, Fight Captain Billy Bustamante, and Alannah O'Hagan (That's her arm, pulling me back).
Photo by Melody Butiu



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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.

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."

For more information, please visit herelieslove.com.