Wow. Wow. Wow.
Here Lies Love is one of the best new shows we have seen in years!
The new musical from Fatboy Slim and Talking Heads icon David Byrne is currently playing downtown, but this could easily play uptown and it SHOULD be a big Broadway smash - just not in a traditional theater.
The show is like Evita Part 2 in so many ways - and we mean that in the best way possible!
Just like the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic billed itself as a "rock" opera and told the story of a fiercely powerful female political figure, Here Lies Love calls itself a "revolutionary musical experience" and tells the story of a fiercely powerful female political figure.
In this case, that woman is Filipina Imelda Marcos and that "revolutionary musical experience" is a disco opera!
Like Evita, Here Lies Love is completely sung-through. There is no dialogue. The entire story is told through song!
And these are not "musical theater" songs. These are big pop songs told through mostly disco, dance and pop arrangements.
They are GREAT songs!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT SONGS!!!!
We're STILL singing the title track!
Conveying emotion without any dialogue and effectively showing a character's journey is not easy, but all of the actors do a superb job! Each one!
The show tells the story of Imelda as well as that of her husband, Ferdinand, and that of slain Filipino politician Benigno Aquino.
There is hunger, fame, corruption, greed, adultery, fashion, fun and more! This show has it all, as told through the wildly inventive creative imagination of director Alex Timbers, who also brilliantly conceived and staged the new Broadway production of Rocky.
Here Lies Love is presented as an immersive theatrical experience. There are no seats. The audience is standing and moved around the entire rectangular-shaped room.
Every square inch is used and it's dazzling to see how the stages and sets are transformed and evolve.
We were also SO IMPRESSED by Clint Ramos' costumes! As one would hope, Imelda wears soooo many in the show! And there are so many quick changes - some done right on stage. It's dazzling!
Everything about this production dazzles!
Even though it often tells sad tales and shows ugly moments, it still is told through a shiny disco veneer. Colorful! Happy!
You will walk away feeling GOOD!
This just isn't a musical. It's a concert experience!
It's a MUST-see!!!!!
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