‘Here Lies Love,’ the Imelda Marcos musical, dances its way to Seattle

From New York, London, and now Seattle, Washington — Here Lies Love — the Imelda Marcos musical continues to wow the audience with an immersive and interactive show.

The Seattle Repertory has totally transformed this space into a Proscineum Style theater to bring this Imeld-ific disco dance party to life in the Emerald City.

It’s version 3.0 of David Byrne’ and Fatboy Slim’s revolutionary musical, “Here Lies Love” – also known as the Imelda Marcos musical.

The story follows the rags to riches journey of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, from her humble beginnings in Tacloban, to her reign of power in the Philippines, and her jet-setting disco dancing days in New York City.

“The difference between what we’re doing here versus New York; when you see the show, it’s bigger, it’s glossier, and we’ve incorporated a balcony in the Club Millennium that was never in the the productions,” said actress Jaygee Macapugay.

On his US debut — Philippine pop star Mark Bautista reprises his role from the London production as Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos,

Bautista also has his eyes set on Broadway.

“Isa yan sa dream ko, hopefully kung saan man dadalhin ako ng tadhana, or ng show na ito, i’d be very happy kung maging part pa rin ako ng show na ito kahit saan actually,” said Bautista.

Reprising his role as the resistance Senator Benigno Aquino is Fil-Am Conrad Ricamora.

The ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” actor says after learning more about Aquino’s writings and speeches – he believes this musical is much more relevant in today’s politics.

“He called it Christian capitalism,” Ricamora said. “I remember that resonating for me so much, because that’s what’s happening I feel like now in the US, where corporations are lobbying, have the ear of politicians, politicians make tax laws that benefit them. What he was talking about then is so important now.”

Imeld-ific is also one way to describe most of the 180_ costumes worn in this musical, designed by Tony award winning Filipino designer Clint Ramos.

A special Filipino cultural night presentation is set on June 3 at the Seattle Repertory’s production of the musical Here Lies Love.

Guests will be treated to a live presentation of the Imelda Marcos musical, a sari-sari store and salo-salo of Filipino food and drinks experience, as well as a meet and greet with the cast.

Three-time Tony winning producer Jhett Tolentino – who organized this weekends special benefit performance — says he is hoping to bring an all-Filipino production of the show to the Great White Way soon.

 

 

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