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‘Here Lies Love’ to offer childcare matinées

The Broadway musical will provide free childcare by Broadway Babysitters for ticket holders at four upcoming performances.

(L-R) Melody Butiu as Estrella Cumpas and Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos in “Here Lies Love” on Broadway (Credit: Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

“Here Lies Love” has teamed up with the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL), Broadway Babysitters and Open Jar Studios to offer free childcare services at the Sept. 23 matinée as well as three additional dates to be announced. Any ticket holder for the Sept. 23 performance is eligible to sign up for the complimentary benefit.

Childcare will be provided by Broadway Babysitters employees at a location a few blocks from the Broadway Theatre where “Here Lies Love” plays. Interested theatergoers can write to to register for childcare or for more information.

Broadway Babysitters is an arts-focused childcare company. Their caregivers have been vetted and individually trained. All employees of Broadway Babysitters are CPR certified and special needs-trained.

“After years of partnering with Off-Broadway and regional theaters to offer caregiver support, the historical significance of ‘Here Lies Love’ being the first Broadway show to offer ethical, accessible childcare to their caregiver theater patrons is not only incredibly exciting, but long awaited by our team,” said a representative of Broadway Babysitters in a statement. “Broadway Babysitters was founded by creative professionals with a passion to offer accessible childcare to everyone, and we are thrilled to be a part of bringing this kind of visibility to compassionate theatermaking.”

Broadway Babysitters is a longtime partner of PAAL, an organization that provides resources, consulting and community to create more support for individual caregivers and the institutions that interact with them. PAAL is led by Adriana Gaviria, Tamanya Garza, Garlia Cornelia Jones and Rachel Spencer Hewitt. “At PAAL, our goal is to radicalize the performing arts and media industry toward creating comprehensive parent and caregiver support for those who make and experience art, understanding that we're all caregivers at one point, and access at this point is on path to improving access for all,” PAAL’s executive leadership team said in a joint statement.

“As a parent myself, I know the value of having reliable childcare and how essential that is for peace of mind,” said Carol Angeli, a cast member of “Here Lies Love,” in a statement. “This groundbreaking program will allow caregivers to fully experience the equally groundbreaking performances of ‘Here Lies Love’ with knowledge their children are safe, having fun and well taken care of! I hope more shows participate and collaborate with these special organizations and can’t wait to see the program grow!”

Conceived by David Byrne, “Here Lies Love” features music by Byrne and Fatboy Slim and lyrics by Byrne. Directed and developed by Alex Timbers, the musical tells the story of the rise of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos, her reign alongside her husband, President Ferdinand Marcos, and their fall to the People Power Revolution.

“Here Lies Love” opened on July 20. The musical is produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig/Kevin Connor, Patrick Catullo, Clint Ramos, Jose Antonio Vargas and Diana DiMenna & Plate Spinner Productions.