SPIDER-MAN's Natalie Mendoza to Star in HERE LIES LOVE in London!
The Daily Mail reports that Natalie Mendoza, who played 'Arachne' in Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK during its long preview period, will step into the role of 'Imelda Marcos' in Here Lies Love when it comes to London this fall at the National's Dorfman Theatre.
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Mark Bautista is set to play Imelda's husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, with Dean John-Wilson on board as Marcos' political rival Ninoy Aquino.
The award-winning New York production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's musical HERE LIES LOVE will open the new Dorfman Theatre (formerly the Cottesloe), following its complete refurbishment as part of the NT Future project. Here Lies Love plays from 30 September to 8 January, with a press night on 13 October.
With concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo; it is directed by Alex Timbers, with choreography by Annie-B Parson, set design by David Korins, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting by Justin Townsend, sound by M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection design by Peter Nigrini. The music supervisor is Kimberly Grigsby; Justin Levine is the collaborating music producer, and the music editor is Matt Stine.
The Public Theater's production of Here Lies Love, which premiered in New York in 2013 to critical and popular acclaim, traces the astonishing journey of Imelda Marcos, First Lady of the Philippines, from her meteoric rise to power to descent into infamy and disgrace. The new Dorfman Theatre is transformed into a pulsating club for an immersive theatrical event which combines heart-pounding beats with adrenaline-fuelled choreography and 360-degree staging.
Mendoza kicked off her character in the theatre, appearing in productions of Cats, Miss Saigon, The Music of Lloyd Webber Concert Tour -- as an understudy for Sarah Brightman -- Oh What A Night, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sweet Charity, and as 'Eponine' in the 10th Anniversary Australasian Tour of Les Miserables before her short stint in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
The actress has also appeared in the TV series BeastMaster, Hotel Babylon and Midsomer Murders. Among her film credits are the 2001 TV movie version of South Pacific, Moulin Rouge!, The Descent and more.