In the infamous words of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, when asked about her epic shoe collection — rumored to have numbered in the thousands — “They went into my closets looking for skeletons, but thank God, all they found were shoes, beautiful shoes.”
This spring, New Yorkers will flock to the famed Public Theater in search not of skeletons, but rather to immerse themselves in the world premiere of the disco “bio” musical Here Lies Love, premiering April 2nd. I’ll be there, will you?
The melodic lovechild of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (two of my long-time favorite musical acts) this celebration of all things Madame Marcos stems from the musicians’ similarly titled 2010 collaboration concept album, first performed live in my very own homeland of Australia. The songs, brought to life on the album by pop titans Cyndi Lauper and Florence Welch, are the perfect mix of camp and high art.
The disco spectacular explores the Steel Butterfly’s rise and fall from power and her undying love of shoes. For the show’s run, the iconic Public Theater has been re-invisioned into a posh nightclub, thus the musical is perfect for those of us who need a break from the conventional Broadway experience. Throughout the production, audience members experience stunning video scenery while rubbing shoulders with the actors. Experiential, to say the least.
So go and get lost in Imelda’s sea of shoes — grab a mate, order a cocktail, and paint the town red.
Just make sure you’re wearing fabulous heels while you’re at it.