Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The one with Fatboy Slim's plans for the Imelda Marcos musical

DJ Fatboy Slim, who has had local success here by remixing funk group Kulay's single Delicious into a UK Top 3 hit, is planning a musical about former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, co-writing with Talking Heads singer David Byrne for a March 2006 release.

The Imelda Marcos musical being written by Fatboy SLim (real name: Norman Cook) is titled Here Lies Love. The Marcos musical of Fatboy Slim will highlight the Iron Butterfly Imelda Marcos' passion for music and night clubs.

The Here Lies Love Marcos musical, touted as "a timeless story with more contemporary resonances than are comfortable," is being directed by Marianne Weems, artistic director of New York ensemble The Builders' Association, and will apparently be debuted at Australia's Adelaide Festival.

Imelda Marcos and her dictator husband Ferdinand Edralin Marcos were found guilty of corruption in the mid-1990s. Upon Marcos' triumphant return to the country after years of exile in Hawaii, the Iron Butterfly and former Miss Manila made an unsuccessful bid for the Philippine presidency, finishing 9th among 11 candidates.

Imelda Marcos is known for her huge collection of shoes, which came to symbolize her family's excess. Her passion for all things excessive is so well-known, it has precluded the entry of the world "imeldific" in the English lexicon, which has come to mean "excessive."

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