A HERE LIES LOVE Superfan On Her Love Of The Show


Here Lies Love | Photos: Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman

Kobi Kassal
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October 24, 2023 10:35 AM

We all have those shows we connect with and love, and for Aaliyah Elbert that is Here Lies Love — the immersive musical experience changing the game on Broadway. Following the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos and how she used her fame and power throughout her husband’s regime in the Phillippines. From David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, and directed by Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love is one of the most unique experiences you can have in New York right now. 

We caught up with Elbert to see what the show means to her and why she has visited more than 40 times!

What was your first experience with Here Lies Love? Were you familiar with the show off-Broadway?

My first experience with Here Lies Love was when I did the b-roll shoot. I had heard about it being immersive earlier this year and was very interested as I love immersive shows!

Last Saturday night was Here Lies Love’s 100th regular performance. How many times have you seen it?

Wow! I wish I could have been there to celebrate. But I just hit 41 times!

What keeps you coming back to the show so often? 

Three majors things: 1) Being that I continuously do research on the show’s basis and come back and see the show in a different light when I watch with the new information. 2) I love supporting BiPOC shows and stories — I want to support it as much as I can and as often as I can. 3) As a political science major, it is so important to learn about history, whether it’s ours or someone else’s, or else we’re doomed to repeat it. 

Do you have a favorite moment in the show? And does it change often?  

A favorite moment today would probably be “Opposite Attraction”. It definitely changes everyday though! 

Arielle Jacobs as Imelda Marcos

If you had to explain what Here Lies Love was about to your best friend, how would you describe it?

Here Lies Love is an immersive experience that allows you to be immersed in it or watch the rise and fall of the Marcos administration in the Philippines.

What do you do with all of your Playbills from the show?

I collect them all and have binders for them!

So we have to ask - where is your favorite spot in the Broadway Theatre to see the show? Standing or sitting? And why! 

Definitely standing! It’s like a dance party, but it also allows you to really feel like you’re a part of the show and definitely makes you feel it in a different way rather than you would sitting. 

What does this show mean to you?

This show is one of the most interesting things I’ve seen on broadway. It starts conversations about how easily someone can be disillusioned by the glitz and glamour, either by themselves or by a public figure, and how dangerous it can be to follow someone blindly. 

For tickets and more information on Here Lies Love, visit here.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!

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