The disco musical Here Lies Love, based on former Philippines First Lady Imelda Marcos' rise and fall, will premiere on Broadway this summer. Performances will begin June 17, with an official opening night set for July 20 at the Broadway Theatre.
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. Returning to the project are original director Alex Timbers (Moulin Rouge) and choreographer Annie-B Parson. The quartet, led by Timbers, have developed the musical over the course of a decade. Tom Gandey and J Pardo will also contribute additional music.
The initial Public Theater production began performances April 2, 2013, and ended its four-time extended run July 28, 2013. The show returned to the Public for an eight-month run in 2014; the musical also played London's National Theatre and Seattle Rep.
Here Lies Love will be produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Patrick Catullo, Diana DiMenna for Plate Spinner Productions, Clint Ramos, and Jose Antonio Vargas.
Said the producing team: “As a team of binational American producers––Filipinos among us––we are thrilled to bring Here Lies Love to Broadway! We welcome everyone to experience this singularly exuberant piece of theatre. The history of the Philippines is inseparable from the history of the United States, and as both evolve, we cannot think of a more appropriate time to stage this show. See you on the dance floor!”
The creative team for Here Lies Love will include scenic designer David Korins costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini with casting by Tara Rubin, Xavier Rubiano, and Gail Quintos. General management will be by Foresight Theatrical. Giselle “G” Töngi is the show’s cultural and community liaison.
Additional members of the creative team and casting will be announced at a later date.
Similar to its Off-Broadway immersive staging, Here Lies Love will transform the Broadway Theatre into a dance club environment with a variety of standing and sitting audience options available throughout the space.
Listen below to the Off-Broadway cast album, led by Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles.