Here lies the finale as the Broadway musical Here Lies Love ends this month due to low ticket sales, reports Variety.
Centering on stage the life of Imelda Marcos, Philippine’s first lady during Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship, the show was not met with open arms by some Filipinos who saw it as a glorification of the dark times of the Martial Law dictatorship.
Others however expressed excitement about the predominantly Filipino American cast and the energy they brought to the stage.
The first preview began on June 17 and premiered on July 20 at the Broadway Theater. It will have its final performance on Nov. 26. So in total it has played 33 previews and 149 regular performances as mentioned in Broadway News.
Music Times reported that it was “one of the most raved-about musicals on Broadway in the past few months” as it was written by David Byrne, an Academy Award-winning writer and DJ Fatboy Slim.
The production was backed by big-name producers including Tony-winning actress and singer LeaSalonga, famous comedian Jokoy, and Black-Eyed Peas member Apl. de Ap.
The ticket sales did not meet the expenses of the production as it costs $700,000 a week, more than the $500,000 to $620,000 in weekly box office receipts.
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