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Will Imelda Marcos Musical Here Lies Love Line-Dance Its Way to Broadway?

The search is on for a new home for the Drama Desk Award-winning musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.

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Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of <I>Here Lies Love</I>
Ruthie Ann Miles and the cast of Here Lies Love
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Off-Broadway's Public Theater is on the hunt for a new home for David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's acclaimed and Drama Desk Award-winning new musical Here Lies Love, The New York Times reports. A variety of options, including Broadway, are on the table for this immersive disco-rock-pop opera about the life of Imelda Marcos.

According to the Times, the show's scenic designer, David Korins, has been hard at work with architect Mitchell Kurtz to develop four separate spatial configurations that would fit the production, which plays the Public's LuEsther Hall through July 28. As directed by Alex Timbers, the actors perform the show throughout the space, on two separate stages that become linked by a rotating platform. Adding to the show's nightclub feel, most audience members stand throughout the piece's ninety-minute duration and are guided to follow the rotating platform.

"Wherever we go, we will maintain the actor-audience relationship and interaction, and the space will have to keep the feel and energy of a nightclub," Oskar Eustis, the Public's artistic director, told the paper.

Here Lies Love is the recipient of 2013 Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting, and Projection Design, as well as the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. Two of the production's stars, Ruthie Ann Miles and Conrad Ricamora, received 2013 Theatre World Awards for their performances as Imelda Marcos and Ninoy Acquino, respectively.

Click here for more information and tickets to Here Lies Love and click here to read TheaterMania's review.

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