The cover image of the 'Here Lies Love' concept album. Wikimedia Commons
MANILA - In the wake of the devastation brought by super typhoon "Yolanda" in the Philippines, renowned musician David Byrne is re-staging his musical about the life of one of the country's former first ladies, Imelda Marcos, for one night on November 25 at Terminal 5 in New York City.
"The show is about the resiliency of the Philippine people—it couldn't be more timely," Byrne said in a statement released Tuesday.
The musical, "Here Lies Love," chronicles and celebrates the life of Marcos, from her early life in Leyte to her rise to prominence, and her fall from power with husband and former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos.
The show, a rock musical adapted from Byrne and Fatboy Slim's concept album of the same name, debuted early this year at the Public Theater in New York City.
"Upon hearing about this tragedy the cast contacted me about doing a show to raise money for relief efforts," Byrne said. "Most of our cast is Filipino, and all of us feel the same way. It’s personal for all of us."
Fourteen out of the 17 cast members of the original run are Filipino-Americans.
All proceeds from the show will go to Paris-based Doctors Without Borders, which is spearheading a relief drive for the typhoon survivors in Visayas.
As of November 19, the death toll from "Yolanda" was already 3,982, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The total number of injured, as of Tuesday, was at 18,266 while 1,602 remained missing.
The NDRRMC said more than 10 million people were affected by the super typhoon, said to be the strongest on record to make landfall, with over 4 million now in various evacuation centers.