David Byrne-Fatboy Slim Musical Here Lies Love Will Feature Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles at the Public

By Adam Hetrick
February 20, 2013

Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles will co-star as Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, respectively, in the Public Theater world premiere of the new David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love, which will debut April 2 Off-Broadway.



Tony Award-nominated Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher director Alex Timbers will stage the 80-minute production that promises a "fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience." Here Lies Love officially opens April 23 and will run through May 5 at the Public.

It 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.

Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) and Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) took part in a summer 2012 workshop presentation of Here Lies Love at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The two repeat their work for Off-Broadway audiences.

The cast will also feature 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 will have 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 will choreograph.

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