David Byrne, Fatboy Slim Musical Headed Off-Broadway

Gary Pini
New York's Public Theater plans to stage the David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (nee Norman Cook) musical "Here Lies Love" next year. It will be directed by Alex Timbers ("Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson") and choreographed by Annie-b Parson (Big Dance Theater) and is scheduled for an April 2nd to May 5, 2013, run. The musical about the life of Imelda Marcos, "First Lady of the Philippines," was released as an album in 2010 that featured 22 vocalists including Florence Welch, Cyndi Lauper, Santigold, Roisin Murphy and Steve Earle. The LP received mixed reviews, with Pitchfork describing it as "efficient dance-pop and tropical-tinged adult alternative given the routinized sheen of Broadway showtunes" while The Sunday Times found it "glib, repetitive and smug." Single tickets for the 2012-2013 season go on sale later this year. [Via Playbill]

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