An immersive theatrical experience, centering around the shoe-obsessed First Lady of the Philippines, the musical encourages audiences to wear a comfortable pair of their own shoes at performances. The show is set in a dance club atmosphere where theatergoers stand and move around the space with the actors during the show. So get ready to dance, as it is encouraged.
Byrne, in 2010, released a concept album of the same name, Here Lies Love, which the show has been developed around. Her Lies Love has music by David Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim, with lyrics by Byrne.
Featuring Ruthie Ann Miles (Avenue Q, Band Geeks) and Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively. Both actors were featured in a 2012 workshop presentation of Here Lies Love at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The Public production cast also features 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’s press notes, “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 has 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 is choreographer.
For tickets, priced $90.50, phone (212) 967-7555, or visit PublicTheater.