Public Theater Stars Head to Seattle For Here Lies Love

Regional News   Public Theater Stars Head to Seattle For Here Lies Love Seattle Rep has announced full casting for its staging of the immersive musical hit about Imelda Marcos.
Jaygee Macapugay
Jaygee Macapugay

Seattle Repertory Theatre has announced the cast for its upcoming production of Here Lies Love, the immersive musical created by David Byrne and DJ Fatboy Slim that follows the personal and political history of Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos. Returning to the show from the acclaimed production at the Public Theater will be Jaygee Macapugay in the role of Imelda, Conrad Ricamora as Aquino, and Melody Butiu as as Estrella.

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Conrad Ricamora

Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos will be played by singer and actor Mark Bautista, who performed in the London production. The Seattle Rep staging is set to run April 7–May 28.

As previously announced, the entire creative team from the acclaimed Public Theater production is also behind the West Coast staging, including director Alex Timbers, scenic designer David Korins (Hamilton), and choreographer Annie-B Parson. The team is reuniting in Seattle to test a version of the show that will be able to play traditional proscenium spaces; performances will take place in Seattle Rep's Bagley Wright Theatre.

The Public Theater production had no traditional seating, and set the musical within a dance club atmosphere in the Public’s LuEsther Hall.

“We loved the two runs [of Here Lies Love] in New York, but always wished more people could have seen it. Set designer David Korins had a completely outside-of-the-box idea a year ago about how to take the production at the Public Theater and fit it within a more traditional proscenium theatre—but without losing any of the exciting club experience or the immersive 360-degree staging surrounding the audience,” Timbers told Playbill in December when the news of the Seattle production first broke.

“If this is as successful at Seattle Rep as we anticipate it to be, then it will change the game in terms of where this production of the show can be produced and then anything is possible for the future of it.”

Further casting for Here Lies Love will be announced at a later date.

The Here Lies Love creative team also includes costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designers M. L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, and projection designer Peter Nigrini.

Seattle Repertory Theatre's Bagley Wright Theatre is located at Seattle Center at the corner of Second Ave. and Mercer St., Seattle, Washington. For tickets, call the Seattle Repertory Theatre Box Office at (206) 443-2222, or go online at seattlerep.org