PHOTO CALL: Immersive Pop Musical Here Lies Love, About Imelda Marcos, Opens at the Public

By Matthew Blank
April 24, 2013

The political ascent of Filipino leaders Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos swirls to life in Here Lies Love, the flashy pop musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that officially opened April 23 at the Public Theater.



Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher Tony nominee Alex Timbers stages the 90-minute production that began previews April 2 and has been twice extended through June 2.



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Oskar Eustis, Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles and David Byrne
Photo by Monica Simoes



The musical, which centers around the shoe-obsessed First Lady of the Philippines, encourages audiences to wear a comfortable pair of their own footwear for the performance. Set within a dance-club atmosphere, theatregoers stand and move with the actors for the duration of the show. Dancing is also encouraged.

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.

Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) co-star as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively. The two took part in a summer 2012 workshop presentation of Here Lies Love at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The cast also features Renee Albulario, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Joshua Dela Cruz, Kelvin Moon Loh, Jeigh Madjus, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, Trevor Salter 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."

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.

For tickets, priced $90.50, phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.