Here Lies Love San Francisco

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Posted: 8/1/14 at 12:28pm
Here Lies Love is looking at opening in SF in early 2015 with auditions scheduled this fall. Anyone have any ideas which venue it might play?
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Posted: 8/1/14 at 12:48pm
I was going to ask where you heard about this, and then I found:

As for the San Francisco cast in an early 2015 production, the casting will be held this fall or winter.

http://entertainment.inquirer.net/148382/third-filipino-tony-winner-from-humble-roots#ixzz399yIE8Je

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Posted: 8/1/14 at 4:04pm
I'm guessing it won't be any of the traditional spaces (i.e. Golden Gate, Curran, etc).
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Posted: 8/1/14 at 4:22pm
Why SF? Is it an open ended run? I guess there's a huge Asian population in San Fran.
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Posted: 8/1/14 at 4:25pm
Uh...because San Francisco is a 'destination' city and there's an opportunity for a successful commercial run.
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Posted: 8/1/14 at 4:27pm
I guess there's a huge Asian population in San Fran.

Yes. And Daly City, just south of SF, is 33% Filipino.

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Posted: 8/1/14 at 9:59pm
There are some great venues in SF. They could almost create one for the show. I thnk it would be wonderful place for the show.
"Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around."
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 4:14am
Having spent six months earlier this year doing an immersive show in SF, There is DEFINETLY a market for this. We were sold out every night.
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 4:35am
ChairInMan, were you in the SPEAKEASY? Because if so, I loved that "performance"
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Posted: 8/2/14 at 11:49am
I absolutely think there is a market for it, but I'm still surprised - I hadn't heard anything about it.

I should note there is no way they could charge Off-Bway prices. Unless you're BOOK OF MORMON, people won't shell out that kind of money in SF.
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Posted: 11/25/16 at 3:37am
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Posted: 11/25/16 at 4:20am

Sad to see this. I had originally thought they might do it in their Strand space - especially because I think the orchestra level seating is removeable. Evidently the capacity wasn't enough to make it work. (And, as the article mentions, retrofitting the Geary was prohibitive)

I was looking forward to it. I would love for the creators come up with a production that would work in a proscenium theatre with audience participation suited for the fixed seats (and fire laws). FULL DISCLOSURE - I didn't see the production at the Public and have no idea if what I'm proposing is even possible given the nature of the work.

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Posted: 11/25/16 at 4:22am

^Bring Taylor Mac into staging the interaction. Judy could do it magnificently!

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Posted: 11/25/16 at 9:32am

Wow.   Did not see this news.  I wonder what this means for the Seattle run at the Seattle Rep (this was supposed to be a co-production between the two theatres, the Rep's main stage is a lot like ACT's main stage).   I guess we'll find out sooner or later, as general ticket sales for this is supposed to start on December 5. 

I was really looking forward to seeing this show again (saw it twice in New York, once during its Public run and once during its "commercial" run).  I hope it still happens here, though I don't know if Seattle Rep wants to take on the financial burden all by itself.   It was listed as a bonus Show to their season (it's not included as part of the season subscription, but as an add-on), so I guess they have an easy out if it does get cancelled. Here Lies Love San Francisco

LizzieCurry said: "No longer happening, in case you missed it.

https://ww2.kqed.org/arts/2016/11/23/theater-cancels-musical-about-imelda-marcos-in-san-francisco/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/san-francisco/article/ACT-Replaces-HERE-LIES-LOVE-with-A-NIGHT-WITH-JANIS-JOPLIN-20161122


 

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Posted: 11/25/16 at 2:55pm

This is a big shame - especially as it seems to be giving Rebecca a run for it's money in last minute disappointments. To my knowledge both the planned London transfer from the NT and the Sydney premiere were similarly cancelled at varying stages of pre-production (also as a result of the adverse economics of the original Public design and direction). The London run it'self only being viable as the National is a subsidised space and was looking for a dynamic show (and youthful audience) to relaunch the Cottesloe as the Dorfman Theatre.

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Posted: 11/25/16 at 11:56pm

I didn't love the show when I saw it. I mean, I had fun, but do I think it would be a smash hit? Probably not. And while I liked the immersive staging, it also felt very stagnant. I remember one portion of the show- the end, I think - the audience was left kind of just moving around to change the seating for a good 10mins which sort of killed the mood. Much like Timber's Rocky, where sure, if you're in the first few rows, it's fun to be on stage and watch them turn the theater into a boxing ring, but for the other 80% of the theater you're just watching people rearrange. 

I think it could be done in a traditional space. They just need to rework it so that it can tour around more. It was so specific to its space at the Public, but Fun Home was reconceived, Natasha was reconceived, etc. 

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Posted: 11/26/16 at 12:16am

There's really no reason why the show had to be done in its own site-specific way. The disco was an interesting novelty (and I guess relevant to Marcos herself), but I would have preferred just to be able to sit down and watch the show instead of having to walk around.

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Posted: 11/26/16 at 1:49am

Agreed. It's a novel idea, but it doesn't enhance the show. 

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