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Here Lies Love on Broadway

Here Lies Love on Broadway

New York, NY
David Byrne and Fatboy Slim team up in a new musical.

About Here Lies Love on Broadway

Here Lies Love is a groundbreaking musical about former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos' astonishing rise to power and subsequent fall at the hands of the Philippine People Power Revolution. From the minds of David Byrne (Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, and Tony Award® winner) and Fatboy Slim (Grammy Award® winner), Here Lies Love has been called "ingenious" by The New York Times and "an ecstatic and dynamic party” by Time Out New York. With choreography by Annie-B Parson (Olivier Award nominee) and directed by Alex Timbers (Tony Award® winner), the theater is transformed into a dance club where the audience is immersed in the story.

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Get ready to dance! David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's acclaimed musical Here Lies Love is the hottest club in New York this summer, bringing a disco pop party to Broadway. Set an alert for Here Lies Love tickets on TodayTix now.

Fresh off the success of his Tony Award-winning theatrical concert American Utopia (and its encore Broadway run), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Byrne returns to Broadway alongside big-beat pioneer Fatboy Slim in his Broadway writing debut. Their pulsing disco tunes power the true story of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines who lost her closest friends as she gained power — and soon lost that, too, amid the People Power Revolution. History has never been so dance-worthy, especially as it unfolds all around the audience.

Here Lies Love first appeared off Broadway in 2013, with a cast including Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Imelda, Jose Llana as her husband Ferdinand, and Conrad Ricamora as opposition leader Ninoy Aquino. The limited-run production at The Public Theater won five Lucille Lortel Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and an Obie Award, and the show subsequently returned for an encore run in 2014.

Byrne has been working on the musical since the early 2000s. He was first inspired by The Autocrat, a book by Polish author Ryszard Kapuściński about the fall of a separate Ethiopian regime. To him, powerful people's carefully curated personas felt similar to a theatrical performance.

He later read that Marcos was fond of disco (and was even part of the New York disco scene for a time that he was living there), and did further research on her life. Byrne then combined the two themes into one concept, which became Here Lies Love in New York.

Ten years after an Off-Broadway premiere run that The New York Times hailed as "insidiously infectious" and "ingeniously devised," join the crowd on the dance floor at this unique show revolutionizing what Broadway can be.

Set an alert for tickets to Here Lies Love on Broadway on TodayTix.

What to Watch For

  • Here Lies Love on Broadway is immersive, with the actors performing among, and interacting with, the audience. The Broadway Theatre will be converted into a club, where theatregoers will get to dance along with the show!
  • Byrne was inspired to make Marcos's story a disco musical because the real-life leader was into disco. She regularly went to nightclubs in the '70s and even converted the roof of her palace into one!
  • Byrne pulled some lyrics in Here Lies Love songs, such as "Please Don't," from real interviews and speeches Marcos gave.
  • Director Alex Timbers, choreographer Annie-B Parson, and Byrne previously collaborated on American Utopia.
  • Imelda Marcos is still alive, at 93 years old, and her son Bongbong is the current Filipino president.
  • Byrne likes disco music, but the Talking Heads was definitely not a disco band. He said Here Lies Love "freed him to write songs for other people that he wouldn’t write for himself," according to the Associated Press.
Start date

June 17th, 2023


Broadway, Musicals


Broadway Theatre

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