After Thursday's performance of Here Lies Love on Broadway, audience members were treated to a one-night-only DJ set from Fatboy Slim. The show was his first New York City set in more than a decade, and had everyone dancing, including Here Lies Love co-writer David Byrne.
Slim (aka Norman Cook) played a 90-minute set at the Broadway Theatre, including hits like Paul Young’s “Love is In The Air,” Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September,” and Byrne’s “Lazy” and “Once in a Lifetime.”
Here Lies Love began previews June 17 and officially opened July 20. The immersive disco musical is based on the real story of Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, whose husband Ferdinand Marcos was the 10th president of the Philippines and ruled as dictator for 20 years until 1986. The musical features a score by Grammy, Tony, and Oscar winner Byrne and Grammy winner Slim, with music by both, and concept and lyrics by Byrne. Read the reviews here.
Broadway's first all-Filipino cast is led by Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos, and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino. Joining the trio are Melody Butiu (Doctor Zhivago), Jaygee Macapugay (Shucked), Julia Abueva (KPOP), Aaron Alcaraz (Mean Girls), Kristina Doucette (Wicked), Jeigh Madjus (Moulin Rouge!), Geena Quintos (Miss Saigon), Shea Renne (Hadestown), and Angelo Soriano (Aladdin), as well as Moses Villarama, Jasmine Forsberg, Reanne Acasio, Renée Albulario, Carol Angeli, Nathan Angelo, Roy Flores, Timothy Matthew Flores, Sarah Kay, and Aaron "AJ" Mercado. Vina Morales will step into the role of Aurora Quino September 22-October 22.
Here Lies Love is directed by Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge) and choreographed by Annie-B Parson. They are joined on the creative team by music director J. Oconer Navarro, Tony-nominated scenic designer David Korins, Tony-winning costume designer Clint Ramos, Tony-winning lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Tony-nominated projection designer Peter Nigrini, and cultural and community liaison Giselle “G” Töngi. Casting is by Tara Rubin, Xavier Rubiano, and Gail Quintos. Bobby Garcia served as casting consultant. General management is by Foresight Theatrical. Tom Gandey and J Pardo have also contributed additional music for the production.