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Jaygee Macapugay to appear as Imeda Marcos in Here Lies Love at The Public, July 5-7, 2013

Jaygee Macapugay

Jaygee Macapugay

Jaygee Macapugay has joined the uber talented cast of the award winning critically-acclaimed musical Here Lies Love, with concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, and choreography by Annie-B Parson. Helmed by Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love had its world premiere debut on April 23, and has been extended a fourth and final time to Sunday, July 28, 2013. Tickets can be purchased at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street.

Jaygee Macapugay and Company in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay and Company in HERE LIES LOVE. Photo by Lia Chang

From Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7, 2013, Jaygee will appear as Imelda Marcos, opposite Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos, in Here Lies Love.

Jose Llana, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Melody Butiu and Conrad Ricamora after a performance of their hit show Here Lies Love at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Jaygee Macapugay, Melody Butiu and Conrad Ricamora after a performance of their hit show Here Lies Love at The Public. Photo by Lia Chang

The complete cast of Here Lies Love includes Jose Llana (Ferdinand Marcos), Ruthie Ann Miles (Imelda Marcos), Renée Albulario (Ensemble), Melody Butiu (Ensemble), Natalie Cortez (Ensemble), Debralee Daco (Ensemble), Joshua Dela Cruz (Ensemble), Kelvin Moon Loh (Ensemble), Jeigh Madjus (Ensemble), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Aquino), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Janelle Velasquez (Ensemble), Carol Angeli, George Salazar, and Nathaniel Claridad.

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in Imelda: A New Musical. Photo courtesy of Pan Asian Repertory/East West Players

Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda in Imelda: A New Musical. Photo courtesy of Pan Asian Repertory/East West Players

Here Lies Love is a fully immersive, 360-degree theatrical experience, all filtered through the remarkable vision of David Byrne, one of the great American artists of the last half century. Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere where the audiences move and dance with the actors, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim deconstruct the astonishing journey of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, retracing her meteoric rise to power and subsequent descent into infamy and disgrace at the end of the People Power Revolution. Here Lies Love is neither a period piece nor a biography, neither a play nor a traditional musical but an immersive theatrical event combining songs influenced by four decades of dance music, adrenaline-fueled choreography, and a remarkable 360-degree scenic and video environment to go beyond Imelda’s near-mythic obsession with shoes and explore the tragic consequences of the abuse of power.

Jaygee is no stranger to the role of Imeda, having played the title role of the Off-Broadway production of Imelda, A New Musical (collaboration with East West Players & Pan Asian Repertory). She has performed in numerous musicals Off-Broadway and regionally, including Miss Saigon at The MUNY, 5th Avenue, Casa Manana, North Carolina Theatre; Aida; Smokey Joe’s Café at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Riverside Theatre; and has performed with Lou Diamond Phillips in KC Starlight’s production of The King & I.

Jaygee Macapugay as Kim in Miss Saigon

Jaygee Macapugay as Kim in Miss Saigon

Jaygee has a passion for collaborating on new musicals and plays, including Tears from Heaven by Frank Wildhorn, Internal Bleeding by Christine Toy Johnson, and Honor by Pete Mills.

Jaygee Macapugay as Amneris in Aida

Jaygee Macapugay as Amneris in Aida

 

Jaygee Macapugay with her sister Liberty Belles and John Voight, performing for the USO.Photo by Rob Rich

Jaygee Macapugay with her sister Liberty Belles and John Voight, performing for the USO.Photo by Rob Rich

Jaygee proudly performed for our troops as a member of the Andrews sisters inspired trio, “The Liberty Belles.” As a Liberty Belle, she performed for deployment and homecoming ceremonies for U.S. troops, and also performed for President Bush Senior and former first lady Barbara Bush, NYC Mayor Bloomberg, and live on national television for “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”.

As a soloist, she has performed in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (Phil Dev’s benefit concert: Suites By Sondheim starring Lea Salonga), Symphony Space, and the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Lea Salonga and Jaygee Macapugay after Phil Dev’s benefit concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Lea Salonga and Jaygee Macapugay after Phil Dev’s benefit concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Jaygee started her career as a singer in Disney World in Orlando, FL, playing Pocahontas in Pocahontas & Her Forest Friends and in Tarzan Rocks.

Jaygee Macapugay as Pocahontas at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

Jaygee Macapugay as Pocahontas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Disney World.

Jaygee is an active member of the Asian American theatre community. She is a proud member of Broadway Barkada, a collective of Filipino theater artists using their talents to affect change in the lives of those in need. She is also a member of the National Asian Artists Project where most recently, she played Irene Molloy in NAAP’s all Asian production of Hello, Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, in the Irene Diamond Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Theatre Center. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/The Neighborhood Playhouse.

Jaygee Macapugay as Irene Molloy at the curtain call of NAAP's production of Hello Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on April 30, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay as Irene Molloy at the curtain call of NAAP’s production of Hello Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on April 30, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Dave Shih, Hello Dolly! director Lee Roy Reams and Jaygee Macapugay at the opening night party of NAAP's production of Hello Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on April 30, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Dave Shih, Hello Dolly! director Lee Roy Reams and Jaygee Macapugay at the opening night party of NAAP’s production of Hello Dolly!, directed by Lee Roy Reams, at the Irene Diamond Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York on April 30, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love received the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical; an Obie Award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics; Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design, and Projection Design; and Theatre World Awards for Ruthie Ann Miles (Imelda Marcos) and Conrad Ricamora (Aquino).

Jeanne Sakata, Melody Butiu, Dax Valdes, Jaygee Macapugay, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus and Kelvin Moon Loh in the lobby of The Public in New York after a performance of Here Lies Love on June 9, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

Jeanne Sakata, Melody Butiu, Dax Valdes, Jaygee Macapugay, Debralee Daco, Jeigh Madjus and Kelvin Moon Loh in the lobby of The Public in New York after a performance of Here Lies Love on June 9, 2013. Photo by Lia Chang

 

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang. Photo by Thom Sesma

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. This summer she will appear as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Penwah, July 30-August 1, 2013.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Production Photos: Music Theatre of Wichita’s The King and I Starring Thom Sesma, Kim Huber, Alan Ariano, Karl Josef Co, Kay Trinidad, Tami Swartz at Century II Performing Arts Center through July 14, 2013
Here Lies Love, Starring Jose Llana and Ruthie Ann Miles, Extends at The Public through July 28, 2013
Christine Toy Johnson, Thom Sesma, Ali Ewoldt, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Telly Leung and More Set for The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
Christine Toy Johnson and Raul Aranas Lead the Cast of the National Asian Artists Project’s (NAAP) Benefit Presentation of Hello Dolly!, at The Pershing Square Signature Center on April 29 and May 6
Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, Kelvin Moon Loh and More Set for World Premiere of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love at The Public, April 2 – May 19, 2013
Photos: Q & A with Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, The King in Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I
Playing Lady Thiang in the Harbor Lights’ Production of The King and I is a dream come true for Christine Toy Johnson
Mel Sagrado Maghuyop, Tamara Jenkins, Christine Toy Johnson and Ron Domingo Lead the Cast of Harbor Lights Theater Company’s Production of The King and I, directed by Alan Muraoka, November 2-18, 2012
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
Photos: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Phylicia Rashad, John Earl Jelks, Leslie Uggams, Anthony Chisholm, S. Epatha Merkerson, Taraji P. Henson, Jesse L. Martin, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Kenny Leon and More Set for August Wilson American Century Cycle Recording Series at The Greene Space in NY, Aug. 26-Sept. 28, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams
Signature Theatre’s 2013-14 Season Features New Works by Albee, Hwang, Enos, Taylor, Wilson, Clarke and Jacobs-Jenkins
Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Production Photos: Mary Zimmerman-helmed Disney’s The Jungle Book featuring Two-Time Tony Nominee André De Shields, Nehal Joshi, Akash Chopra, Govind Kumar and More at The Goodman, Extends Through August 11, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to Disney’s Aladdin at The Muny with Thom Sesma, Francis Jue, Robin De Jesus, John Tartaglia, Jason Graae, Curtis Holbrook, Eddie Korbich, Samantha Massell and Ken Page
C.J. Wilson navigates armor and swordplay in Signature Theatre Company’s World Premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Play
Up Close and Personal with Darren Pettie, Star of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore
Photos and Video: Disney’s The Lion King Las Vegas- In the Makeup Chair with Thom Sesma
Performing Arts Images from the Asian American Pacific Islander Collection on Display at the Library of Congress to Celebrate APA Heritage Month
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
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