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Apple Video Podcast: New York Post Writer Michael Riedel Interviews David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora of Here Lies Love

Here Lies Love creator David Byrne (Talking Heads) brought the disco to the Apple Store Soho in New York on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

New York Post writer Michael Riedel with Here Lies Love creator David Byrne, his stars Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

New York Post writer Michael Riedel with Here Lies Love creator David Byrne, his stars Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

He was joined by his stars Jaygee Macapugay who plays Imelda, Jose Llana who plays Ferdinand Marcos, and Conrad Ricamora who plays Ninoy Aquino, for a conversation with New York Post theater writer and PBS’ “Theater Talk” host Michael Riedel.
Click here for the podcast link.

 

The talk was followed by an audience Q&A, and performances by Jaygee Macapugay, Melody Butiu, Conrad Ricamora and Jose Llana, who were joined by Renée Albulario, Carol Angeli, Debralee Daco, Rob Laqui, Diane Phelan, Enrico Rodriguez, Janelle Velasquez and Tobias Wong.

Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora of Here Lies Love at the Apple Store Soho in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora of Here Lies Love at the Apple Store Soho in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Set List:
“Here Lies Love”- Jaygee Macapugay and Melody Butiu who plays Estrella

lody Butiu sing “Here Lies Love" with Carol Angeli, Debralee Daco, Diane Phelan, Janelle Velasquez, Renée Abulario at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Jaygee Macapugay and Melody Butiu sing “Here Lies Love” with Carol Angeli, Debralee Daco, Diane Phelan, Janelle Velasquez, Renée Abulario at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

w/ Carol Angeli, Debralee Daco, Diane Phelan, Janelle Velasquez and Renée Abulario


“A Child of the Philippines”-Conrad Ricamora and Jaygee Macapugay

 Jaygee Macapugay and Conrad Ricamora sing “A Child of the Philippines” at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang


Jaygee Macapugay and Conrad Ricamora sing “A Child of the Philippines” at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

w/Enrico Rodriguez, Rob Laqui and Jose Llana


“A Perfect Hand”- Jose Llana

Jose Llana sings “A Perfect Hand” with Conrad Ricamora, Tobias Wong, Enrico Rodriguez, Rob Laqui and Melody Butiu at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Jose Llana sings “A Perfect Hand” with Conrad Ricamora, Tobias Wong, Enrico Rodriguez, Rob Laqui and Melody Butiu at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

w/ Conrad Ricamora, Tobias Wong, Enrico Rodriguez, Rob Laqui, Melody Butiu, Carol Angeli, Debralee Daco, Diane Phelan, Janelle Veasquez and Renee Abulario.


The Public Theater’s production of David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s smash hit musical, Here Lies Love, stars Jaygee Macapugay as Imelda Marcos, Jose Llana as Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Ninoy Aquino, at The Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall (425 Lafayette Street, New York City), through January 4, 2014.

Here Lies Love stars Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love stars Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Here Lies Love features, in alphabetical order: Renee Albulario, Carol Angeli, Billy Bustamante, Melody Butiu, Natalie Cortez, Debralee Daco, Rob Laqui, Jose Llana, Jaygee Macapugay, Jeigh Madjus, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Diane Phelan, Conrad Ricamora, Enrico Rodriguez, Janelle Velasquez, and Tobias Wong.

First Row: Kate Wallace, New York Post writer Michael Riedel, Carol Angeli Second Row: Diane Phelan, Tobia Wong, Rob Laqui, Debralee Daco, Melody Butiu, Jaygee Macapugay, Renée Abulario, Janelle Velasquez Third Row: Enrico Rodriguez, Craig Ryan Freeman, David Byrne, Jose LLana, Conrad Ricamora, Ryan Gohsman at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

First Row: Kate Wallace, New York Post writer Michael Riedel, Carol Angeli
Second Row: Diane Phelan, Tobia Wong, Rob Laqui, Debralee Daco, Melody Butiu, Jaygee Macapugay, Renée Abulario, Janelle Velasquez
Third Row: Enrico Rodriguez, Craig Ryan Freeman, David Byrne, Jose LLana, Conrad Ricamora, Ryan Gohsman at the Here Lies Love Apple Store Soho Event in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

David Byrne at the Here Lies Love event at the Apple Store Soho in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

David Byrne at the Here Lies Love event at the Apple Store Soho in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Under the direction of Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love played a critically raved-about, sold-out run last year at the same space, which was extended by popular demand four times. This commercial run is produced by Joey Parnes Productions and EMURSIVE (Jonathan Hochwald, Arthur Karpati, and Randy Weiner, principals).

Here Lies Love was conceived by David Byrne, and features lyrics by Byrne, music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, and choreography by Annie-B Parson.

David Byrne, Conrad Ricamora, Jaygee Macapugay and Jose Llana at the Here Lies Love Apple Soho Store in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

David Byrne, Conrad Ricamora, Jaygee Macapugay and Jose Llana at the Here Lies Love Apple Soho Store in New York on October 25, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

The production 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). Here Lies Love received a record 11 Lucille Lortel Awards nominations, and garnered 5 Lortel Awards, including Alex Timbers for Outstanding Director, Ruthie Ann Miles for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical, Clint Ramos for Outstanding Costume Design, Justin Townsend for Outstanding Lighting Design and M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer for Outstanding Sound Design.

Within a pulsating dance club atmosphere, 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. Here Lies Love is a 90-minute theatrical experience. Set within a dance club atmosphere, audiences will stand and move with the actors. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Dancing is encouraged.

Tickets for Here Lies Love range from $99-$139. A limited number of $40 day-of-performance rush tickets will be available at The Public’s Taub Box Office (425 Lafayette Street, NYC) one hour before the start of each performance.  The Fall performance schedule is as follows: Mondays and Tuesdays at 7 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm, Fridays at 7 pm and 10:30 (the Late Night Disco!) and Saturdays at 5 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets subject to availability, and the offer is good for two tickets per person, cash or credit cards. For more info and tickets to Here Lies Love, please visit http://www.herelieslove.com/.

The New York production will close on January 4, 2015. The show is also currently running at London’s National Theatre through January 8, 2015. A production will open in Sydney in May 2015 as the theatrical center piece of the Vivid Festival.

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Here Lies Love articles:
Six Questions for Melody Butiu, Currently Appearing as Estrella in David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim’s Here Lies Love at The Public
Photos: David Byrne, Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora Bring the ‘Here Lies Love’ Disco to the Apple Store Soho
Meet David Byrne, Here Lies Love Creator and Cast members Jaygee Macapugay, Jose Llana, and Conrad Ricamora at the Apple Store Soho
Jaygee Macapugay stars as Imeda Marcos in Here Lies Love at The Public, Beginning October 20, 2014
Catch Jaygee Macapugay as Imeda Marcos in Here Lies Love at The Public through August 23, 2014
Photos: Christine Toy Johnson, Baayork Lee, Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Dodie Pettit and More at Charles Randolph-Wright’s “Three Voices” concert series at Stage 72
Jaygee Macapugay to appear as Imeda Marcos in Here Lies Love at The Public, July 5-7, 2013
Lucille Lortel Awards for Here Lies Love, Fun Home, The Open House, Good Person of Szechwan
Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Melody Butiu, Conrad Ricamora and More Open in David Byrne- Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love on May 1
Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Melody Butiu, Conrad Ricamora and More Return for Here Lies Love; Previews Begin April 14, 2014
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
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
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

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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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