Right here Lies Love, a disco-inspired musical written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, will arrive on Broadway this summer time. The immersive present — through which each the forged and the viewers are on their toes — focuses on the lifetime of Imelda Marcos, a grandiose determine who served as the primary woman of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986.
Marcos and the remainder of her household grew to become notorious for their lavish way of life throughout a time of nice civil and financial unrest within the Philippines. (Marcos invited the Beatles to carry out on the palace in 1966, an invite that was declined and led to a shutdown of the Manila airport, together with mobs of followers making an attempt to forestall the band from leaving the nation.) Marcos, the topic of a number of courtroom circumstances, was ultimately convicted of corruption expenses in 2018.
In 2005, the previous Speaking Heads frontman and Fatboy Slim started work on a musical about Marcos’ life. A number of the music they created debuted on the Adelaide Pageant of Arts in Australia in 2006; extra adopted at a Carnegie Corridor present in 2007. “All that is extremely researched,” Byrne told the audience on the latter present. “This isn’t creative license. That is reporting.” Runs of the present have taken place in London, Seattle and different cities.
Now, Right here Lies Love will make its Broadway debut on the Broadway Theatre in New York Metropolis. Previews will start on June 17, with the official opening night time going down on July 20.
Directed by Alex Timbers, the present is choreographed by Annie-B Parson, who additionally labored on Byrne’s 2019 Broadway manufacturing American Utopia. (Byrne additionally has one other immersive reside present opening this summer time, Theater of the Thoughts, which runs in Denver from Aug. 31 till Dec. 18, taking part in to audiences of 16 at a time.)
“As a staff of binational American producers – Filipinos amongst us – we’re thrilled to convey Right here Lies Love to Broadway,” the present’s producers mentioned in a joint assertion (through Deadline). “We welcome everybody to expertise this singularly exuberant piece of theater. The historical past of the Philippines is inseparable from the historical past of america, and as each evolve, we can’t consider a extra applicable time to stage this present. See you on the dance ground!”
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