Monday, October 17, 2005

Here Lies Love: David Byrne and Norman Cook's Imelda Marcos Musical

From the BBC:

DJ Fatboy Slim and Talking Heads singer David Byrne are writing a musical about former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, to be shown next March. Here Lies Love will examine Mrs Marcos' passion for music and night clubs. Billed as "a timeless story with more contemporary resonances than are comfortable", it will premiere at Australia's Adelaide Festival.

...Mrs Marcos - who now lives in the Philippine capital Manila - is well-known for her huge collection of shoes, which came to symbolise her family's excess.

"She loved the nightlife in all parts of the world, and in New York at Studio 54, so much so that she installed a disco in her NYC townhouse," an Adelaide Festival spokesman said. "It was a non-stop party, featuring politicians, arms dealers, financiers, artists, musicians and the international jet set."

Here Lies Love was the concept of Talking Heads star Byrne, who has written the music with Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Cook. The 90-minute musical will be directed by Marianne Weems, artistic director of New York ensemble The Builders' Association, as "a multimedia extravaganza".
This is an amazing and Advanced idea. Of course, now I'll have to shelve my musical about Marcos ("It's Gotta Be the Shoes"), but I imagine Byrne and Cook will do the idea justice. Go forward with my blessings, you two. I guess now I'll just get to work with my other project: a musical based on the Daily Kos.

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