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Review: David Byrne revisits disco in new work

April 24, 2013 • Entertainment


This undated theater image released by The Public Theater shows Ruthie Ann Miles during a performance of “Here Lies Love,” in New York. (AP Photo/The Public Theater, Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK (AP) — Given her legendary reputation for extravagance, Imelda Marcos seems a fitting subject for David Byrne’s splashy new disco musical “Here Lies Love,” a bright, novel production with a bold disregard for modesty and convention.

The price of admission will get you in the door, but you won’t get a seat in the standing-only, dancing-encouraged audience. The Public Theater’s LuEsther Hall venue, where the show opened Tuesday, has been transformed into a beaming night club with strobe lights, flat-screen displays, wall-to-wall digital projections, artificial smoke and a DJ perched high above the dance floor.

With a stage against each of the four walls, it is difficult at times to know which way to look in this head-spinning, “360-degree theatrical experience.” The show’s good-looking, energetic cast also performs atop a long narrow platform in the middle of the room that Login to read more

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