Fatboy Slim and ex-Talking Heads singer David Byrne are writing a musical about former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos.
‘Here Lies Love’ will examine Mrs Marcos‘ passion for music and nightclubs. It’s set to premiere in March 2006, reports the BBC.
Billed as “a timeless story with more contemporary resonances than are comfortable”, it will take its bow at Australia’s Adelaide Festival.
Mrs Marcos was found guilty of corruption in the mid-1990s, but her conviction was overturned on appeal.
The charges were part of a wider case alleging that Mrs Marcos and her husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, plundered the nation’s economy between 1968 and 1986.
The pair were overthrown in a popular revolt in 1986 and fled to Hawaii, where Ferdinand Marcos died three years later.
Mrs Marcos – who now lives in the Philippines‘ capital Manila – is best known for her huge collection of shoes.
“She loved the nightlife in all parts of the world, and in New York at Studio 54, so much so that she installed a disco in her NYC townhouse,” an Adelaide Festival spokesman said.
“It was a non-stop party, featuring politicians, arms dealers, financiers, artists, musicians and the international jet set.”
‘Here Lies Love’ was the brainchild of Byrne, who has written the music with Fatboy Slim. The show will be directed by Marianne Weems, artistic director of New York ensemble The Builders’ Association, as “a multimedia extravaganza”.