David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's Here Lies Love will play its final performance on Broadway November 26. To mark its Broadway run, the musical shared exclusive opening night portraits of its diverse producing team—including a notable number of Filipino producers to accompany the first-ever all-Filipino cast on Broadway. Among those pictured in these photos are Tony Award winners Lea Salonga and Clint Ramos, Grammy winner H.E.R., journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, comedian Jo Koy, and and Broadway producers Kevin Connor, and Diana DiMenna.
The show officially opened July 20, 2023 at the Broadway Theatre after beginning previews June 17. Following the closing performance, the musical will have played 33 previews and 149 regular performances.
"Every aspect of our production brought new life and fresh ideas to Broadway, from the innovative music of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, the beautiful choreography of Annie-B Parson, the masterful staging by our visionary director Alex Timbers, and the jaw-dropping set, lighting, sound, and projection designs by David Korins, Justin Townsend, M.L. Dogg, Cody Spencer and Peter Nigrini, and among the most dazzling collection of costumes ever seen on Broadway created by Clint Ramos."
"Our production was among the first to bring immersive theater to Broadway. And not only did we bring new life and fresh ideas to the Great White Way, we brought a record number of people to experience a Broadway show for the first time and achieved a milestone for audience development among AAPI attendees. We hope that the theater industry builds on the cultural strides we made: Broadway’s first all-Filipino cast and a historic number of Filipino producers. Though Here Lies Love closes at the Broadway Theatre on November 26, its history will live on. And we’re not done: Discussions are underway for international productions in the U.K., Japan and Australia."
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 featured 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 final cast is Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos opposite Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos, with Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, a Philippine senator who critiqued the Marcos family during its regime until his assassination in 1983. Ninoy Aquino's murder sparked the People Power Revolution which resulted in the removal of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos from power. Both Llana and Ricamora reprised their performances from the musical's 2013 Off-Broadway run.
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, Aaron J. Albano, Danielle Troiano, 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 from its Off-Broadway run 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 serves 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 the Here Lies Love transformed the Broadway Theatre into a disco dance club complete with a performance catwalk and "satellite stages." It also featured 360-degree lighting and video screens as part of the design.
Aaron Lustbader serves as executive producer. The producing team also includes H.E.R., Lea Salonga, Bobby Garcia, Giselle “G” Töngi, Celia Kaleialoha Kenney/Jeremiah Abraham, Jo Koy, Girlie Rodis, Miranda Gohh, Rob Laqui, Georgina Pazcoguin, Don Michael H. Mendoza/Lora Nicolas Olaes, Adam Hyndman, LaChanze, Yasuhiro Kawana, Triptyk Studios, Iris Smith, Shira Friedman, James L. Nederlander, John Gore Organization, Andrew Diamond/Patrick Trettenero, Craig Balsam, Elizabeth Armstrong, Cathy Dantchik, Wendy Federman/Suzanne Niedland, Luke Katler/Ryan Solomon, Laura Ivey/Janet Brenner, Alexi Melvin, Warner Music Entertainment, Plate Spinner Productions Eastern Standard Time, The Shubert Organization, DJ CherishTheLuv, Apl.de.Ap/Tala Creative, and Hunter Arnold/TBD Theatricals.