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Perez Reviews: Here Lies Love

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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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Gossip Girl Pays Homage To Sex And The City: The Music Behind The Finale!

First of all!

Let us just say that… we find it VERY interesting and cool that Gossip Girl used Scarlett Johansson's music in Blake Lively's show.

Playing the music of the star's husband's ex-wife in the series finale?? …maturity is a beautiful thing!

GG's swan song opened with Lulu Gainsbourg and ScarJo's sultry cover of Bonnie & Clyde as Chuck and Blair were escaping from the scene of his father's death. This was also the moment when Serena learned the truth behind GG and hopped off the plane to rush to Dan.

But that wouldn't be the only musical highlight of the night!

Not even close!

As the CHAIR wedding was in preparation, It's Time by the delightful Imagine Dragons swept our silver screens in a tour de force! Seriously… we haven't felt that pumped for a TV wedding in a loooong time!

Their nuptials continued and Chuck and Blair exchanged their vows to The Talking Heads' Road To Nowhere, which provided an atmosphere of certainty, of satis… faction.

But theirs wasn't the only legally binding ceremony to be had! In a beautiful homage to its romanticized New York predecessor, GG fused Florence + The Machine's cover of You've Got The Love with DERENA's wedding.

Every true Sex and the City fan squealed in jubilee at that moment. Including us. Ha!

Now, what's a lil' GG fairytale without some dramatic twist??

As Kristen Bell's voice wrapped the series up once and for all, Kill Me by The Pretty Reckless played to usher in a new era of anonymity. And we gotta say… using Little J's song for the finish was just SO touching!

Check out You've Got The Love above, and then treat yo'self to the library of highlights (as well as a sweet, sweet surprise) …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

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Sean Penn Like You've Never Seen Him Before! Check Out The Trailer For This Must Be The Place HERE!

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WOW! Is this something else or WHAT?!

You may recall seeing Sean Penn rocking QUITE the drag-o-licious look a year or so back, while he was working on This Must Be The Place!

Well, we finally are getting a sneak peek at the fruits of his lipstick-wearing, Cure-inspired labor, as the first official trailer for the Paolo Sorrentino-directed flick, co-starring Frances McDormand, has just dropped!

Ch-ch-check it out (above)!

As we've reported, the story revolves around an old rock star who leaves his Dublin home to begin a journey across the states in an attempt to find the man who tortured his father in Nazi concentration camps!

But upon seeing this, we're pretty surprised to see its apparent tone is a lot less dark than we anticipated!

Not to mention how impressed we already are by Penn's performance!

We'll definitely be going to see this one when it drops November 9th! How about U??

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Florence + The Machine Are Furries Offstage!

LOLz! No, really!

Recently, Florence + The Machine were picked to headline this year's Bestival music festival in England and to announce this momentous occasion, they got a little WILD!

Check out the band taking on the Talking Heads hit, Wild Wild Life (above)!!!

Ha!

We didn't think we'd ever see the day where Flo and the gang would don some furry animal PJs!! They do look pretty good, though, right?!

And of course, they sound AHmazing as always!

Bestival will take place September 6 through 9, with Florence + The Machine headlining Friday night!

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