Sunday, October 16, 2005

It's not just about the shoes

Fatboy Slim and David Byrne are teaming up to write a musical based on the clubbing lifestyle on former Phillippine first lady Imelda Marcos. The musical will be entitled "Here Lies Love" and will concentrate on Marcos' passion for nightlife.

Billed as "a timeless story with more contemporary resonances than are comfortable", it will premiere 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.

I suppose it could be interesting, especially since Fatboy Slim and David Byrne are writing the music. But it is hard to see a musical about Imelda Marcos that wouldn't, well, make fun of her a little bit. All I could ever remember about her was the shoes and the corruption, which undoubtedly makes for an interesting tale.

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