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Nov. 25: David Byrne and the Cast of The Public Theater’s HERE LIES LOVE including Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More to Host Benefit Concert for the Philippines at Terminal 5

Ruthie Ann Miles (center) as Imelda Marcos and Jose Llana (on staircase) as Ferdinand Marcus. Photo by Joan Marcus

Ruthie Ann Miles (center) as Imelda Marcos and Jose Llana (on staircase) as Ferdinand Marcus. Photo by Joan Marcus

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David Byrne and the original cast of the acclaimed musical HERE LIES LOVE will perform a one-time-only special benefit concert in support of the people of the Philippines in the wake of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). All proceeds for the special show on Monday, November 25 at 8:00 p.m. at Terminal 5 (610 W. 56th Street) will go to support Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) relief efforts in the Philippines.

“The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people – it couldn’t be more timely,” said David Byrne. “Upon hearing about this tragedy the cast contacted me about doing a show to raise money for the relief efforts. Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It’s personal for all of us. We all dropped whatever we were doing and this concert version of the show will happen on November 25 at Terminal 5 here in New York.”

“The tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan that has engulfed the Philippines has been heartrending for all of us,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “Here Lies Love made us feel a deep connection to the Philippine people, and to Tacloban specifically. Now we have a chance to make that connection matter. We hope this concert will raise money, raise awareness, and provide support for those who have lost so much.”

Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

Ruthie Ann Miles and Jose Llana. Photo by Lia Chang

The special HERE LIES LOVE benefit concert will feature original cast members Jose Llana (Ferdinand Marcos), Ruthie Ann Miles (Imelda Marcos), Renée Albulario (Ensemble), Melody Butiu (Ensemble), Natalie Cortez (Ensemble), Debralee Daco (Ensemble), Jeigh Madjus (Ensemble), Jaygee Macapugay (Ensemble), Maria-Christina Oliveras (Ensemble), Conrad Ricamora (Aquino), Trevor Salter (Ensemble), Janelle Velasquez (Ensemble), George Salazar (Ensemble).

Tickets for the special show on November 25 are $30 for balcony and $50 for the main floor. Click here to purchase tickets or call (800) 745-3000. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Alex Timbers, the theatrical production of HERE LIES LOVE premiered at The Public Theater in New York in April, was extended four times and won an Outer Critics Circle Award, an Obie Award, Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music, Lighting Design, and Projection Design, and two Theatre World Awards. 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.

The benefit show will feature the cast performing all songs from the acclaimed musical in the original order.

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. This summer she starred 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.

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