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Broadway News Broadway's Here Lies Love to Host Special Matinees Offering Free Childcare

The Broadway musical has partnered with the Parent Artist Advocacy League, Broadway Babysitters, and Open Jar Studios to offer the accommodation.

Arielle Jacobs and Jose Llana in Here Lies Love Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy, and Evan Zimmerman

Here Lies Love will host a special matinee September 23 offering free childcare for parents and guardians wanting to catch the show while having a CPR-certified babysitter look after their child. 

The offer is available to all ticket holders for the 3:30 PM matinee. The accommodation is offered in partnership with the Parent Artist Advocacy League, Broadway Babysitters, and Open Jar Studios. Three additional matinee dates for the partnership will be announced at a later date. To register or for questions, write to [email protected]. Spaces are limited. For more information, visit

Carol Angeli, a swing in the cast of Here Lies Love, says, “I am so ecstatic that Here Lies Love has partnered with Parent Artist Advocacy League and Broadway Babysitters to help provide childcare during certain performances! As a parent myself, I know the value of having reliable childcare and how essential that is for peace of mind. This groundbreaking program will allow caregivers to fully experience the equally groundbreaking performances of Here Lies Love with knowledge their children are safe, having fun, and well taken care of! I hope more shows participate and collaborate with these special organizations and can’t wait to see the program grow!”

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love opened July 20 in the Broadway Theatre. 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 David Byrne and Grammy winner Fatboy Slim, with music by both, and concept and lyrics by Byrne. Read the reviews here

Leading the cast is Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos opposite Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos. 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 will be by Foresight Theatrical. Tom Gandey and J Pardo have also contributed additional music for the production.

The immersive staging of the 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.

See production photos of Here Lies Love in the gallery below.

Check Out Photos of Broadway's Here Lies Love

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