David Byrne's "Here Lies Love" to Premiere at NYC's Public Theater in April 2013
The Public Theater in New York City has just announced its 57th season, and featured among the 2012-2013 Season's productions will be the world premiere of the new musical of Here Lies Love, which explores the life of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and directed by Alex Timbers of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson fame. The performances will take place April 2 through May 5, 2013, at the Public's LuEsther Theater.
In Here Lies Love, David Byrne and iconic deejay-composer Fatboy Slim tell the story of Imelda Marcos's meteoric rise and subsequent descent into infamy, all within a throbbing dance club environment. This immersive spectacle combines disco beats, choreography by Annie-B Parson, and a 360-degree scenic and video environment, all the while moving beyond Marcos's oft-discussed obsession with shoes to explore questions of power and responsibility. This marks the first theatrical production of Here Lies Love, which was first presented as a song cycle at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in 2006 and in concert at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
Nonesuch Records released the double-disc song cycle recording of Here Lies Love in 2010, featuring a who’s who of indie rockers, dancefloor divas, and established stars, including Tori Amos, Steve Earle, Cyndi Lauper, Natalie Merchant, Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, Santigold, and St. Vincent. The Wall Street Journal calls it "a fountain of funk and dance music that's entirely accessible." Both the standard and the deluxe editions of the album are available in the Nonesuch Store.
Public Theater members are able to purchase discounted tickets to shows and events throughout the year; single tickets for the 2012-2013 Season will go on sale later this year. For more information, go to publictheater.org.
Before the new season begins, the Public will present Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods as part of Shakespeare in the Park, celebrating 50 years at the Delacorte Theater in New York's Central Park this summer. Following the June production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Into the Woods will run July 23 through August 25, directed by Timothy Sheader and co-directed by Liam Steel, with Amy Adams as the Baker's Wife. Tickets to Shakespeare in the Park are free and are distributed at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on the day of the show, when free tickets will also be available through a Virtual Ticketing lottery at shakespeareinthepark.org. Nonesuch Records released the cast recording of the Broadway revival of Into the Woods in 2002, starring Vanessa Williams.