Saturday, April 13, 2024

Broadway Exclusive: David Byrne’s Amazing “Here Lies Love” Finally Coming this Spring, Should Win the Tony Award Hands Down


I told you all about David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s “Here Lies Love” back in 2014. It was a sensation at the Public Theater off Broadway in two separate runs.

Now I can tell you that “Here Lies Love” is coming to Broadway this spring for the first time. It will open at the Broadway Theater, where most of the seats are being torn out to make away for this brilliant immersive musical.

That’s right: there will be some seats, but mostly the audience stands and moves with pieces of the stage as the actors are on top of those pieces. When I saw it at the Public I thought it was the most wonderful, innovative thing I’d ever seen. I think Broadway audiences are going to crazy when they see it. Look for many Tony Awards because this show is what Broadway needs and must have to stay alive.

Byrne and Fat Boy Slim wrote the show about Fernando and Imelda Marcos’s rise to power. The great great great Ruthie Ann Miles played Imelda at the Public. I hope she’s returning to her first role. She went on to win a Tony as Featured Actress in “The King and I” in 2015. I have no doubt she could pick up Best Actress in this production. And as always, Alex Timbers stages this show. And the show itself will sweep the musical category.

I’m psyched. PS Wear sneakers, you move around pretty quickly.
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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