Plans for Public Theater's HERE LIES LOVE Transfer Delayed Until Spring 2014
According to the New York Times, The Public Theater's critically acclaimed Here Lies Love, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, still might have a future life following its run this past spring, but plans to remount the musical have been delayed until next year.
Public Theater artistic director, Oskar Eustis, told NYT: "'Here Lies Love' is an extraordinary and unique 360-degree musical. It requires the ideal venue and as soon as we find that, we will move forward on bringing David Byrne and Alex Timbers's inspired production to a larger audience."
Two executives involved with the show revealed that commercial producers are waiting to sign on until a financially practical venue is found. Additionally, the show will not likely return until next spring because of director Alex Timbers' other commitments. Timbers is currently working in San Diego on The Last Goodbye, and he will next helm Rocky on Broadway in 2014.
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HERE LIES LOVE received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design, and Projection Design; and Theatre World Awards for Ruthie Ann Miles(Imelda Marcos) and Conrad Ricamora (Aquino).
HERE LIES LOVE is a fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience, all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half century. Set within a dance club atmosphere, audiences will stand and move with the actors. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended since the audience stands and moves with the actors. Dancing is encouraged.
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 to power and 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 an 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 tragic consequences of the abuse of power.