Here Lies Love will return Off-Broadway to The Public Theatre
She’s back! While theatre comes and goes far too often in New York, it is always a tragedy to see a production go that has not only won over the general public but the critics as well. Here Lies Love dominated Off-Broadway last spring and managed to extend four times before having to close at The Public Theatre despite a call for another extension and even more tickets. While many knew The Public was exploring further life for the show in various venues around New York City, with no word on a site in mind, many believed Here Lies Love was gone for good. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Here Lies Love will return Off-Broadway this spring for an open-ended commercial run at The Public Theatre!
Here Lies Love is a production that features music by David Byrne of The Talking Heads and DJ Fatboy Slim,with lyrics by David Byrne. The production tells the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos from childhood to her fall at the end of the People Power Revolution. The production explores the true consequences behind power and responsibility in an immersive theatrical experience as it is set in a dance-club like atmosphere. The production encourages audiences to wear comfortable shoes and move with the actors as the production goes on filled with dance music, choreography and a 360 experience involving video incorporated into the scenic design. The production is described as “neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical.”
After extended four times and opening to strong critical acclaim last spring Off-Broadway, The Public Theatre has proudly announced that Here Lies Love will return Off-Broadway this spring for an open-ended commercial run. The production will play the Public Theatre’s LuEsther Theater beginning March 24th, 2014. The brand new run of the show will be produced by Joey Parnes and Emursive which includes Randy Weiner, Arthur Karpati and Jonathan Hochwald. The Public Theatre is not investing any money of its own into the commercial run. The Public has been searching for a venue to host the show since its original run ended in late July 2013.
While no official announcement regarding casting for the return of Here Lives Love has been announced yet, much of the original Off-Broadway cast is expected to return. The original cast of Here Lives Love was headed by Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda Marcos and Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos. The rest of the original cast included 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.
The Public Theatre’s artistic director Oskar Eustis was very excited to welcome home Here Lies Love in a statement to the press.
“Here Lies Love is coming back to the theater that gave it birth, the perfect site for this astonishing site-specific show. The demand for David Byrne and Alex Timbers’ brilliant musical was far more than we could accommodate in our original run, so we offered up our space to the commercial producers for what we know will be a long and satisfying return engagement. There really is no place like home.”
Here Lies Love is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and features choreography by Annie B Parson. The rest of the creative team includes David Korins as scenic designer, Clint Ramos as costume designer, Justin Townsend as lighting designer and M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer as sound designers.The production also features a projection design by Peter Nigrini.
At this point in time, no official date has been announced for when tickets will go on sale. Luner on Theatre will continue to update you on the news regarding Here Lies Love‘s return to Off-Broadway this spring! We are very excited for this production to be back in New York as we were not able to experience it last season! We already have plans to make sure we do no miss it again this time around. For more information, visit Here Lies Love’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!