Arielle Jacobs will star as Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos in Broadway’s “Here Lies Love.” The previously announced musical is set to begin performances at the Broadway Theatre on June 17 ahead of an official opening night of July 20.
Jacobs will appear alongside the previously announced Jose Llana as President Ferdinand Marcos and Conrad Ricamora as Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, as well as Lea Salonga as Aquino’s mother. Further casting will be announced.
Jacobs last starred on Broadway as Jasmine in “Aladdin.” She has also appeared on the Main Stem as Nina in “In the Heights” (which she also played in the show’s national tour) and Nessarose in “Wicked.” Casting for “Here Lies Love” is by Tara Rubin, Xavier Rubiano, Gail Quintos and Bobby Garcia.
“Arielle blew us away in the casting process,” said director Alex Timbers in a statement. “She combines such charisma, wit, strength and fierce intelligence that it was immediately clear to all of us she should lead our Broadway company.”
“Here Lies Love” captures the story of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her rise to power and her subsequent fall to the People’s Power Revolution.
Developed and directed by Timbers and conceived by David Byrne, the production features music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim and lyrics by Byrne. The musical made its world premiere in 2013 at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater, with Ruthie Ann Miles leading the cast as Imelda Marcos.
“Here Lies Love” is being produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Patrick Catullo, Diana DiMenna for Plate Spinner Productions, Clint Ramos and Jose Antonio Vargas.