I went to Here Lies Love again last night with Kristen after a long day of scavenger hunting at the Museum of Natural History, hanging at Boat Basin, and dinner and drinking with my colleagues.
I was very tired and sore and still quite smashed by the end of the night. Here Lies Love is still such a cool immersive experience. Jaygee Macapugay was on as Imelda, and she was great. She doesn’t look as much like Imelda as Ruthie Ann Miles does, but she had a really great voice.
No matter what you may think of Fatboy Slim, or David Byrne, or Imelda Marcos, I say get thee to the Public Theater to experience this ASAP.
A few weeks back I saw Here Lies Love at The Public Theatre downtown. I’d missed it’s first production but I was thrilled it was back again and I was going to be able to see it. I had listened to the cast recording one day at work a few weeks early but I still had no idea what it was about. I didn’t know who Imelda Marcos was, or even that she was a real person (Thanks, Global History, for nothing!).
I loved Sleep No More, and countless other immersive shows, but this was by far the most fun I’ve ever had a one. I got onstage and danced. I moved around with the ever-rotating set. I loved it. About 2/3 of the way through, I thought, “Um, okay, I think this is a true story,” and yes, it is. I’m an idiot sometimes.
The music is amazing. Fatboy Slim and David Byrne have outdone themselves. It is a fantastic, memorable score. Ruthie Ann Miles, Jose Llana, and Conrad Ricamora were equally brilliant in their lead roles (Imelda, Marcos, and Aquino). I especially enjoyed the DJ, who was played that night by Vincent Rodriguez III. He definitely raised the energy in the room before the performance so that we were all amped up by the time it began.
If there is one show – experience – you venture downtown for this season, it’s Here Lies Love. It’s a history lesson and theatrical experience rolled into one.
(Disclosure: The company I work for works on Here Lies Love, but opinions are all my own.)