Here Lies Love will take the party to the next level with a post-show DJ set led by Fatboy Slim, who wrote the new musical alongside David Byne. Every ticket purchased for the August 31 performance will include the event, where audience members are encouraged to stay and dance the night away.
"This rare night on Broadway with Fatboy Slim is for the true party rockers and tastemakers...whether I’m DJing for MTV or Fashion Week, it is the savviest folks in the crowd who tear up the floor when I drop Fatboy’s 'Right Here, Right Now'," says Here Lies Love co-producer DJ CherishTheLuv.
Seated and standing patrons will remain in their ticketed locations, but everyone is invited to stand up and dance for the post-show event.
Here Lies Love transforms the real story of Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos with a score by Grammy, Tony, and Oscar winner David Byrne and Grammy winner Fatboy Slim, and concept and lyrics by Byrne. The immersively staged disco musical opened at the Broadway Theatre July 20 after beginning previews June 17. Read the reviews here.
Arielle Jacobs stars as Imelda Marcos opposite Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda's husband and 10th president of the Philippines who ruled as dictator for 20 years until 1986. Completing the leading trio is Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, a Philippine senator who critiqued the Marcos family during its regime until his assassination in 1983. His murder sparked the People Power Revolution which resulted in the removal of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos from power. Both Llana and Ricamora reprise their performances from the musical's 2013 Off-Broadway run.
Tony and Olivier winner Lea Salonga plays Aurora Aquino, Ninoy Aquino's mother, in a limited guest engagement through August 19. Following her run, guest stars from the Philippines will take over the role. The all-Filipino cast, a first for Broadway, also includes Broadway alums 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. For many, the show is personal as several of them and their families lived in the Philippines when the Marcos family was in power.
Returning to the project are original director Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge) and choreographer 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 also contributed additional music for the production.
The immersive staging of Here Lies Love transforms the Broadway Theatre into a disco dance club complete with a performance catwalk and "satellite stages." It also features 360-degree lighting and video screens as part of the design.