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First Casting Announced For Here Lies Love on Broadway


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First Casting Announced

For Here Lies Love on Broadway


Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora

To Reprise Original Roles


International Casting Search for Other Company Members Now Underway


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Jose Llana and Conrad Ricamora – credit Billy Bustamante


Previews Begin Saturday, June 17

Opening Thursday, July 20 At the Broadway Theatre


Tickets On Sale for American Express ® Card Members

Beginning Monday, March 13


Audience Rewards Presale Begins Monday, March 20


Single Tickets On Sale Beginning Monday, March 27


Sign Up Now for Early Access


The producers of Here Lies Love, the groundbreaking musical from the minds of Grammy®, Oscar®, and Tony Award® winner David Byrne (concept, music, and lyrics) and Grammy Award® winner Fatboy Slim (music), announced today that Jose Llana (The King and IThe 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee) and Conrad Ricamora (“How to Get Away with Murder,” The King and I, Soft Power – Grammy nominations) will join the show’s Broadway company, recreating the critically acclaimed roles they originated off-Broadway.


Here Lies Love, which tells the story of former Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos' rise to power and subsequent fall at the hands of the Philippine People Power Revolution, will begin performances Saturday, June 17 ahead of an official opening night on Thursday, July 20.


Developed & directed by Tony Award winner Alex Timbers, with choreography by Olivier Award nominee Annie-B Parson and additional music by Tom Gandey and J Pardo, the show’s home at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway at 53rd Street) will be transformed into a dance club where the audience is immersed in the story.


Jose Llana portrays Ferdinand Marcos, the tenth president of the Philippines whose 20-year dictatorship spanned 1965-1986. He was the husband of Imelda Marcos. He lived in exile in the United States until his death in 1989.


Conrad Ricamora portrays Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, a Philippine senator, opposition leader, and Marcoses' primary critic. His assassination in 1983 ignited the People Power Revolution which finally ousted Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos from power. 


Both actors received Lucille Lortel Award nominations for their performances at the Public Theater off-Broadway. Ricamora previously reprised his role in the show’s Seattle Rep production.


Jose Llana said, “This is a dream: to be a Filipino actor, playing a Filipino character, telling a crucial part of Filipino history, which is also part of American history. I'm honored to return to Here Lies Love. We built a family creating this show 10 years ago, and now we get to do it again on Broadway. See you on the dance floor!”


Conrad Ricamora said, “Working on Here Lies Love allowed me to embrace my Filipino heritage––all that Pinoy pride! This is a huge moment for increasing representation on stage, and I’m so excited and proud to bring this revolutionary show to Broadway.”


An international casting search is now underway for the remaining company of 20+ actors.



As the official card sponsor of Here Lies Love, American Express® Card Members have Early Access to exclusive presale tickets before the general public, from Monday, March 13 at 10am EST through Monday, March 20 at 9:59am EST at


Presale tickets for Here Lies Love are available exclusively to Audience Rewards® members from Monday, March 20 at 10:00am ET through Wednesday, March 22 at 9:59am ET. It's free and fast to join at


Audience Rewards is the Official Rewards Program of Broadway, providing membership benefits and rewards for more than 2.7 million members and representing more than a quarter of all Broadway tickets purchased through Ticketmaster and Telecharge. Free and easy to join, Audience Rewards allows buyers to earn Show Points on every ticket purchase, to be redeemed for free tickets, theater collectibles, unique experiences, and more. Founded in 2008 by a unique coalition of prominent theater owners, including Nederlander, Shubert, and Jujamcyn, major national presenters, and key performing arts centers from across the country, Audience Rewards has offered members first access presales to more than 100 Broadway shows and 200 VIP experiences and events, which have included a meet and greet with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge, a walk-on role in Rock of Ages, a cooking class with Gavin Creel & Celia Keenan-Bolger, celebrity Q&As, backstage tours and much more. 


Tickets are on sale to the general public beginning Monday, March 27 at 10:00am EST online at or by phone at 212-239-6200.


For information on groups of 10+, contact Broadway Inbound at or call 866-302-0995.


More information about the wide variety of standing and seating options available throughout the theater’s reconstructed space will be announced soon. Sign up now at for early access to tickets.



From its world premiere at The Public Theater in 2013, Here Lies Love has enjoyed popular and critical acclaim. The show returned to The Public in 2014-2015, debuted at London’s Royal National Theatre in 2014, and most recently opened at Seattle Repertory Theatre in 2017.


The creative team for Here Lies Love on Broadway includes three-time Tony Award® nominee David Korins (scenic design), Tony Award® winner Clint Ramos (costume design), Tony Award® winner Justin Townsend (lighting design), M.L. Dogg & Cody Spencer (sound design), and three-time Tony Award® nominee Peter Nigrini (projection design), with casting by Tara Rubin CSAXavier Rubiano CSAGail Quintos and general management by Foresight Theatrical. Additional creative team members include ATW Jonathan Larson Grant recipient J. Oconer Navarro (music director), Billy Bustamante (assistant director), Renée Albulario (assistant choreographer), Bobby Garcia (casting consultant/Philippines), Gregory T. Livoti (production stage manager), and Ryan Gohsman and Sheryl Polancos (assistant stage managers). Giselle “G” Töngi is the show’s Cultural and Community Liaison.


Here Lies Love is produced by Hal LuftigPatrick Catullo, Diana DiMenna for Plate Spinner ProductionsClint Ramos, and Jose Antonio Vargas, with Aaron Lustbader serving as Executive Producer.


They are joined by Giselle “G” TöngiCelia Kaleialoha KenneyBobby Garcia and Girlie RodisMiranda GohhRob LaquiGeorgina PazcoguinYasuhiro KawanaTriptyk StudiosShira Friedman, and Hunter Arnold/TBD Theatricals.

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