The first ever all-Filipino cast on Broadway is set to debut its production, Here Lies Love, on July 20 at the Broadway Theatre.
Starring Tony Award winner, Lea Salonga, the show marks its return to the stage since its running time at the Public Theater in 2013 and 2014, according to the New York Theatre Guide.
The dance-pop musical follows Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, navigating her rise to political power alongside her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, former President of the Philippines.
It details the loss of their power when the assassination of their political rival, Ninoy Acquino, in 1983 sparks the People Power Revolution. In 1986, the revolution mobilized against the Marcos’ regime and forced them into exile in the U.S.
Original cast members reprising their roles include Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, reports the New York Theatre Guide. Arielle Jacobs stars as Imelda Marcos. Lea Salonga plays Aquino’s mother, Aurora, for a limited time from July 11 through August 13.
The show is also returning with its original creative team of music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, direction by Alex Turner and choreography by Annie B-Parson.
Members apart of the production team include five-time Grammy winner, H.E.R, comedian Jo Koy and Salonga.
“Here Lies Love is a celebration of Filipino culture and I’m so honored to be a part of this groundbreaking musical” Koy told Playbill. “For the first time, Broadway will get to see what we have always known, that Filipinos are some of the most talented entertainers.”
To immerse audiences in this musical retelling of history, the theatre has transformed into a dance club for viewers to stand and dance around the actors on stage.
Tickets for Here Lies Love can be found here: https://www.telecharge.com/Broadway/Here-Lies-Love/Ticket
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