David Byrne-Fatboy Slim Musical Here Lies Love Sets Cast Album Release Date; Track List Revealed

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02 Apr 2014

Ruthie Ann Miles
Ruthie Ann Miles
Photo by Joan Marcus

The original Off-Broadway cast album of the Public Theater's world-premiere production of the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, starring Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana, will be released April 22 from Nonesuch Records.

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 physical, two-disc recording promises a 52-page full color bookle twith an introduction by Public Theater artistic director Oskar Eustis, full lyrics and two essays by Byrne on the making of the musical and its historical context. The recording features the cast from the 2013 Off-Broadway run of the musical. 

An instant download of "Child of the Philippines" from the album is available for those who pre-order the cast recording at nonesuch.com.

The album features new material written for the stage production that was not part of the original concept recording, including "Child of the Philippines," "The Fabulous One," based on Ninoy Aquino's speech "A Pantheon for Imelda," and "God Draws Straight," based on the book "People Power: An Eyewitness History."



The track listing follows:

DISC 1
"American Troglodyte"
"Here Lies Love"
"Child of the Philippines"
"Opposite Attraction"
"The Rose of Tacloban"
"A Perfect Hand"
"Eleven Days"
"When She Passed By"
"Sugartime Baby"
"Walk Like a Woman"
"Don't You Agree?/Pretty Face"
"Dancing Together"
"The Fabulous One"
"Men Will Do Anything"

DISC 2

"Star and Slave"
"Poor Me"
"Please Don’t"
"Solano Avenue"
"Riots and Bombs"
"Order 1081"
"Seven Years"
"Gate 37"
"Just Ask the Flowers"
"Why Don’t You Love Me?"
"God Draws Straight"
"Here Lies Love (Curtain Call)"

Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher) stages the 90-minute, immersive musical, which centers around the First Lady of the Philippines. It will return to the Public Theater for an open-ended run April 14.

Here Lies Love recently earned 11 Lucille Lortel Award nominations, including Outstanding Musical. 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."

Tickets for the return Off-Broadway engagement range from $99-$139. For more info, visit herelieslove.com.


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