Cast of David Byrne-Fatboy Slim Musical Here Lies Love Reunite for Philippines Typhoon Relief Concert Nov. 25

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25 Nov 2013

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Joan Marcus

Cast members from the Public Theater's acclaimed production of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, about the political rise and fall of Filipino leaders Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, reunite Nov. 25 for a concert to support relief efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Yolanda.

The 8 PM concert presentation of the musical, which takes place at Terminal 5, includes original cast members Renée Albulario, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana, Jeigh Madjus, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, George Salazar, Trevor Salter and Janelle Velasquez.

"The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people – it couldn’t be more timely," said Byrne in a recent statement. "Upon hearing about this tragedy the cast contacted me about doing a show to raise money for the relief efforts. Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It's personal for all of us. We all dropped whatever we were doing and this concert version of the show..."

Tony nominee Alex Timbers staged the 90-minute production that premiered April 2 and played multiple extensions through July 28. Here Lies Love has music by David Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim, with lyrics by Byrne. A starry concept album of the same title was released by Byrne in 2010.

The immersive musical, which centers around the First Lady of the Philippines, was set within a dance-club atmosphere; theatregoers stood and moved with the actors for the duration of the show during its Public Theater engagement.



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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).

Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) co-starred as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively. 

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 had 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 are $50 for the main floor and $30 for the balcony. For tickets click here. Doors open at 7:30 PM.

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