David Byrne’s Imelda Marcos Song Cycle To Become Next Public Theater Historical-Political Musical?

04/19/2010 2:13 PM |

Imelda Marcos Here Lies Love

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love 22-song cycle about Imelda Marcos (pictured), the Marie Antoinette-ish wife of the late despotic Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, might be headed to the Public Theater’s main stage soon. In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered this weekend, Byrne explained that the concept album, which featured a different guest vocalist on each track (including Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, Martha Wainwright, Natalie Merchant and Santigold), was originally conceived as a musical-theatrical evening-length performance.

According to NPR, the Public Theater has expressed an interest in developing the record into a stage musical, and in light of their recent success with the historical indie rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the adaptation of Coraline with music and lyrics by The Magnetic Fields’ Stephen Merritt, this sure seems like a winning combo. I bet Lauper is available to star, too.