Immersive Disco-Set Musical Here Lies Love Closes Off-Broadway | Playbill

News Immersive Disco-Set Musical Here Lies Love Closes Off-Broadway The Off-Broadway commercial return of Here Lies Love, the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical about the lives of Filipino leaders Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, ends its run Jan. 4 at the Public Theater.

Jaygee Macapugay
Jaygee Macapugay

Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher) stages the 90-minute, immersive musical, which centers around the First Lady of the Philippines. The original Public Theater production of Here Lies Love was critically acclaimed and extended four times during its initial run in 2013.

Set within a dance-club atmosphere, theatregoers stand and move with the actors for the duration of the show. Here Lies Love began previews April 14, 2014, in the LuEsther Theater, where it premeired to acclaim in 2013. The Off-Broadway return officially opened May 1.

Here Lies Love premiered in London in fall 2014 at the new Dorfman Theatre, under the auspices of the National Theatre.  Though the New York run will come to an end, plans are underway for a May 2015 Australian premiere, as well as a US national touring production which will begin in San Francisco.

Talks are also underway to bring the production to South America, South Korea, Singapore, Japan and the Phillipines.

Here Lies Love has music by David Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim, with lyrics by Byrne. An Off-Broadway cast album is available from Nonesuch Records. The commercial run was produced by Joey Parnes and Emursive (Randy Weiner, Arthur Karpati, Jonathan Hochwald).

The principal cast features Jaygee Macapugay and Jose Llana as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively, and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino.

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). It was recently nominated for a record 11 Lucille Lortel Awards.

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.

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